Thornbury Health Centre plan moves forward
Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall writes for the Voice
AS local NHS services lead our fight and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, behind the scenes hard work has continued to put together a strong bid for £13.3 million funding from the Government to redevelop Thornbury Health Centre.
The proposal, submitted to the Department of Health in December, would see a redeveloped Thornbury Hospital site, providing greater primary care and outpatient services, enhanced mental health support, facility housing for the three local Thornbury GP practices, social care and NHS beds and a proactive ‘frailty hub’, which would focus on the elderly community receiving care in their own homes.
This would mean that residents in Thornbury, Yate and the surrounding towns and villages can access the care they need, closer to home and without having to travel outside the area, and helping to relieve pressure on Southmead Hospital.
Our community has been waiting for this to be a reality for far too long.
Therefore, I am pleased to inform Voice readers that I have brought the Health Minister to South Gloucestershire (virtually) and chaired a meeting of all the senior health directors and key decision makers to finally move the redevelopment of Thornbury Health Centre forward.
The meeting was successful, and was a great opportunity to bring the relevant bodies together to discuss the £13.3m bid and timeline for our Health Centre.
This follows my discussions with Matt Hancock last December and his subsequent pledge for national support to help us deliver it.
If this bid is successful then we will progress to Stage 2, the master planning and outline business case, followed by Stage 3, the full business case completion. This will then mean that we are on track to deliver the health centre in 2024.
If this bid is successful, there will be a clear timeline for Thornbury Health Centre becoming a reality.
I can assure readers that, as we enter 2021, improving our local health services even further with this vital Thornbury Health Centre is a top priority for our community and remains a steadfast part of our positive plan for South Gloucestershire.
As ever, I will keep you all updated on the progress of this bid and our positive plan for South Gloucestershire.
In the meantime, if you have anything else that you are concerned about then please do not hesitate to get in touch, at luke.hall.mp@parliament.