NHS Southwark CCG plans to develop new community health centre
NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) agreed its plans for improving health services in and around Dulwich at its Governing Body meeting held today, 12 September. Based on what local people told the CCG during a three month public consultation, the CCG plans to develop a new centre to provide improved community health services. The proposed location is on the Dulwich Hospital site.
The CCG’s goal is to improve community services and make them more accessible, joined up and convenient for patients. They consulted on two different options - either having specialist community based care at a smaller centre and in several GP practices across the area, or the option which was most preferred during consultation – a more centralised approach with a single larger centre.
The CCG will now start work on plans and a business case for the new centre including the detail of exactly which services the centre will provide, and how many patients will need to be seen there and a timeline for development. This could include GP services, foot health, outpatient appointments and diabetic eye screening. The feedback from the consultation is shaping this work, for example making sure the centre accommodates the needs of patients with dementia and offers support for carers.
The CCG will also be carefully considering the transport requirements of different communities, particularly for older people with mobility needs, young families with no access to a car and for those from more deprived areas.
Dr Roger Durston, GP Lead for the project said: "As a group of doctors and nurses leading this project we have been very focussed on improving services for patients. We have engaged extensively with local people and are very grateful to everyone who gave their views.
"We are excited about the next stage of this project and want to make sure we get it just right. We’ll be using the feedback from the consultation to make sure local people get the best out of their local NHS services."
In addition to its work on community services in Dulwich and the surrounding areas the CCG is also working to improve GP services and urgent care across Southwark. For more information on the CCG’s plans go to our dedicated page.