Health cen­tre to be revamped

Up­grade work de­spite walk-in loss

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Ian Proc­tor ian.proc­tor@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FAM­I­LIES will ben­e­fit from re­fur­bish­ment and up­grade work at a health cen­tre whose walk-in ser­vice was axed just this week.

The ser­vice at Hesa Pri­mary Care Cen­tre in Sta­tion Road, Hayes, which al­lowed un­reg­is­tered pa­tients to come in off the street and re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment with­out the need to book an ap­point­ment, ceased yes­ter­day (Tues­day) after Hilling­don Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group de­cided in July not to re­new the fund­ing for the fiveyear long con­tract.

The two res­i­dent doc­tor surg­eries will con­tinue to op­er­ate a con­ven­tional ap­point­ment sys­tem for regis­tered pa­tients.

De­spite the clo­sure, pa­tients will ben­e­fit from other changes hap­pen­ing at the com­plex.

Or­chard Prac­tice, one of the two surg­eries, has been re­lo­cated to a con­verted an­nexe of the old post of­fice next door in the first of five phases.

An NHS Prop­erty Ser­vices spokes­woman said: “The first phase of this project, ex­pand­ing into the old post of­fice next door to cre­ate ad­di­tional GP prac­tice space, is now com­plete. We are work­ing closely with the ser­vices based in the build­ing as we be­gin re­con­fig­ur­ing and re­dec­o­rat­ing the re­main­der of the cen­tre to en­able bet­ter use of the space.

“Be­cause Hayes is so close to Heathrow, the area has some unique pub­lic health chal­lenges and has ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant pop­u­la­tion growth since Hesa was first built. Th­ese up­grades to the build­ing will not only equip its ten­ants to meet th­ese chal­lenges in the fu­ture, they will al­low Hesa to be­come a gen­uine hub for health­care in this grow­ing com­mu­nity.”

The sec­ond phase will see the tis­sue vi­a­bil­ity, di­a­betic and po­di­a­try ser­vices moved to the first floor in or­der to free up a re­fur­bished ground floor to ac­com­mo­date the sec­ond res­i­dent GP surgery, Hayes Town Med­i­cal Cen­tre, and pro­vide three ad­di­tional con­sult­ing rooms, space for records stor­age and a new re­cep­tion and wait­ing area.

By the end of Jan­uary next year, the cen­tre’s re­main­ing va­cant spa­ces and the area for­merly oc­cu­pied by Hayes Town Med­i­cal Cen­tre will be revamped. The works are be­ing jointly funded by NHS Prop­erty Ser­vices and through con­tri­bu­tions de­vel­op­ers have made to Hilling­don Coun­cil.

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