Gov­ern­ment’s £16 mil­lion funds new health hub ‘fit for the fu­ture’

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

A NEW health cen­tre will be built in Wilt­shire, thanks to a Gov­ern­ment grant of al­most £16 mil­lion.

Fund­ing has been se­cured for the in­te­grated care cen­tre op­po­site County Hall in Trow­bridge by Wilt­shire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group. It will lead to the clo­sure of Trow­bridge Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal, with ser­vices mov­ing to the new health hub in Bythe­sea Road.

But work on the cen­tre will not start un­til plans for a Wilt­shire Coun­cil-led de­vel­op­ment, that it will sit within, are ap­proved.

A spokesman for the CCG said: “The coun­cil has a plan to de­velop the East Wing site op­po­site the County Hall – the cen­tre plan is part of that de­vel­op­ment. The cen­tre is still de­pen­dent on the rest of the scheme go­ing ahead.”

She said the cen­tre would bring to­gether GP ser­vices, a mi­nor in­juries unit and a mental health clinic and added: “The hos­pi­tal [Trow- bridge Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal] is old. We want to pro­vide a re­ally good, new space which is fit for the fu­ture and where we can base com­mu­nity health and so­cial care ser­vices.”

The fund­ing was an­nounced by Health Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock as part of a £168m in­vest­ment in 14 NHS projects in the South West. They also in­clude al­most £30m of fund­ing for an ex­ten­sion at Der­ri­ford Hos­pi­tal in Ply­mouth.

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