Plans submitted for new Bracknell Centre for Health

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Several of Bracknell’s health services will be brought bang up to date with the creation of a custom-made centre for health, under plans submitted to Bracknell Forest Council.

Subject to councillors’ approval, a three-storey development will be built next to the existing Skimped Hill Health Centre.

The new premises will house Evergreen Practice and Forest Health Group, as well as maternity services and some children’s and young people’s services and community services.

The application (No: 24/00249/FUL) can be found on the Bracknell Forest Council planning portal:

The aim is for patients and service users to have a much better healthcare experience in the more spacious, brighter, purpose-built facilities. Staff working in the hub will also benefit from their new environment.

Jeremy Mellins, Senior GP Partner at Forest Health Group, said: “Like many GP practices nationwide, we in Evergreen Practice and Forest Health Group are working in cramped conditions and our practices are in serious need of expansion in order to be able to serve our growing patient population and to offer a broader range of services. This new building will be a huge improvement for patients and staff and will allow us to provide a much better quality service for many years into the future.”

The project is part of a national drive to boost community-based healthcare services, providing funding to bring services together in the same place. With better local services, the intention is that people can receive treatment more quickly, nearer home, reducing the need for them to go to hospital.

Nicola Airey, NHS Frimley Place Convenor for Bracknell Forest, said: “The Bracknell Centre for Health will be a major boost for those services that will be housed in it and for their many patients and service users.

“To be able to build next to the existing health centre will allow for a smooth transition for those services moving across and will also allow those services staying put to expand into the newly-vacated space in the old building – so it’s a win-win situation.”

Subject to planning approval, it is hoped that building work will begin in July 2024, with completion of the build in early Spring.

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