Fleet Healthcare – Super surgery plans unveiled to enhance public services

Posted on June 8, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, LIFT, Press/News Releases, Providers | Tags: , , |

Gravensham Borough Council | West Kent PCT | 19 January 2009

People living in Gravesham are set to benefit from a brand new state-of-the-art super surgery, following an agreement at Gravesham Borough Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday 12 January.

The council has agreed ‘in principle’ the sale of land in Vale Road, Northfleet, which, if a planning application is approved, will house an Equitable Access Centre, Primary Care Centre and Pharmacy.

If planning permission is granted, the centre could open in June and offer GP services including a walk-in service from 8am-8pm, seven days a week.

The centre will allow thousands more people in Gravesham to gain easier access to medical facilities during the evening and at weekends thanks to the extended surgery times, the sites accessible road and public transport links.

Leader of Gravesham Borough Council Councillor Mike Snelling said: “I see this as a very exciting project which has the potential to benefit many families in the borough.”

NHS West Kent has agreed a five-year deal with Fleet Healthcare Ltd – which is run partly by local GPs –to provide and run the new health centre to enhance patient services.

This follows a government announcement which stated it planned to invest £250m into suporting Primary Care Trusts country-wide to create at least one new GP-led health centre in each PCT area.

As the Vale Road site is currently open space, notices advertising the development are being put up and a public consultation will take place.

A planning application for Vale Road has not yet been submitted.

Ends

Notes to editor:

If planning is agreed, developers hope to split the build into two phases, with phase one being the Equitable Access Centre and the second phase being the Primary Care Centre and Pharmacy.

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