Brand new health centre to be built in Dulwich
The local NHS in Southwark has announced today that the planned health centre in Dulwich will be a new build.
Following a three month public consultation in 2013, the NHS has been considering whether a new building would be required to deliver the healthcare and if so, where would be the best place for it.
The proposal is to build the new centre in the south east corner of the current Dulwich hospital site. This takes into account feedback from local people about the importance of easy access from both East Dulwich Grove and East Dulwich station.
The new centre will provide a modern, fit for purpose home for services currently based on the Dulwich site, with scope to bring in additional services.
NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and paying for health services in Southwark. Dr Jonty Heaversedge, local GP and Chair of the CCG said: “We have been talking to residents in Dulwich and the surrounding areas about how we can improve health services since 2011. We are delighted that we are now in the position to move forward with our plans."
He added: “We will continue to listen to what residents have told us as we draw up plans for the new building and the services which will be housed there.”
The site’s owners, NHS Property Services (NHSPS), will work to find a buyer for the remaining land. Andrew Strange, Head of Planning and Development for NHSPS, said: “We are pleased to be working with local NHS organisations to bring forward a new health centre on part of the Dulwich site and we look forward to securing a new owner for the remainder of the site.
“We are tasked with selling land and buildings that healthcare commissioners have declared surplus for best value. All money generated from such sales is reinvested to improve primary care buildings nationwide.”
Delivery of the new centre is subject to the approval of a business case, and once this is secured, works on site could start in 2016, with services up and running in the new centre by the end of 2017.