City’s £2.5m centre ‘being built in the wrong place’

Posted on September 4, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Providers | Tags: |

Derby Telegraph | Derby City PCT | 4 September 2009

A £2.5M Derby health centre could be built in the wrong place, say worried councillors and neighbours.

The NHS centre, in Rowallan Way, Chellaston, would replace High Trees Health Centre, in Manor Road.

A company called Assura, which would oversee the project on behalf of the NHS, said the “cramped, outdated and no longer fit-for-purpose” High Trees needed replacing.

The completed new centre would be leased back to NHS Derby City, which oversees health care in Derby.

But councillors and community leaders say the new clinic would be more than a mile from the centre of Chellaston and would be difficult for older people to get to.

Chellaston Residents’ Association member John Bowden said: “We are not supportive of this.

“The main health centre at the moment is in the middle of Chellaston and I have measured the distance to the proposed new one, which is a mile-and-a-half away.

“To get to it by car you would need to cut through parts of a new estate and the bus service only comes once every 20 minutes.

“If NHS Derby City are going to progress with this then we are going to have to make sure the people of Chellaston know about it.”

His views were echoed by Chellaston city councillor Philip Ingall, who said: “To me, closing the health centre in the middle of Chellaston is fundamentally wrong.

“I think it is a dreadful shame the doctors’ surgery is going to move out.

“I have no doubt this application will be pushed through but we have an ageing population in Chellaston and I would like to see a satellite office remain in the centre of the village.”

Assura has already developed 16 apartments and six shops at the site and has permission for a care home, with building due to start before the end of the year.

GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals from High Trees would move to the new centre. There would also be a pharmacy.

Another surgery run by the same group of doctors, the Melbourne Health Centre, would remain open.

Amanda Horley, development manager at Assura, said: “We have worked in close partnership with the doctors, NHS Derby City and Derby City Council to reach this stage and are confident that, if approved, the new facility would prove a valuable asset to the local community.”

A spokesman for NHS Derby City said it was still early days for the proposed new centre and a number of details had to be worked through.

He said: “We welcome the development of new premises that support the delivery of medical services in the future.

“Regarding the location of the health centre, this is obviously restricted by the availability of land in the centre of Chellaston.”

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