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Work on the £3.4 million new Greenwood House Medical Centre in Burntwood, Staffordshire are moving along well.

The new medical facility is being constructed by Midlands contractor G F Tomlinson and is set to be completed in September 2021. It will bring first class healthcare facilities to the community to help relieve the pressure on local hospitals.

The single-storey centre is being built on a site which was previously occupied by a residential care home, and has been vacant since 2008. The centre will be a replacement for the current provision on Hudson Drive, with medical services still being provided by Darwin Medical Practice from inside the new facility.

It will consist of twelve consulting rooms, five treatment rooms, a healthcare and phlebotomy room and a health education space with an adjoining pharmacy unit. Greenwood House Medical Centre will provide much-needed upgraded and accessible healthcare facilities in the area.

The health centre will also provide 61 on-site parking spaces, and landscaped surroundings. The site hosted a progress event last month (June) with delegates from partners involved on the project in attendance, including Staffordshire County Council, Entrust, The Darwin Practice, CCG and G F Tomlinson.

G F Tomlinson was selected from the Staffordshire County Council Framework to provide the construction works for the site, with work beginning in November 2020. The project is the fifth which has been secured via this Framework.

Chris Flint, Director of G F Tomlinson, said: “This important project is progressing as planned and will see new, modern and spacious healthcare facilities delivered to the local community.

“Recent months have highlighted how vital accessible healthcare services are for communities, and with an ageing population, Burntwood’s current facilities were inadequate and unable to meet public demand.

“We are pleased to be working alongside Staffordshire County Council once again to deliver another crucial public service building to the area, providing local residents with access to excellent healthcare. We look forward to seeing the project reach completion later this year.”

Dr Gerbo Huisman, GP partner at Darwin Medical Practice, said: “I am delighted that years of collaborative working and planning between skilled and dedicated professionals from local health authorities, the county council and The Darwin Medical Practice are now coming to fruition.

“Our patients, as well as the wider community, are now getting what they have asked for so long; a modern, spacious and comfortable health centre from which we, their GP practice, will be delivering high quality, responsive and patient centred primary care services.”

Lynn Miller, Director of Care for the NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs, said: “This will be a fantastic health centre for the people of the area and is a great example of the NHS working with our local authority partners in an integrated way.

“This centre is specifically tailored for the new multi-disciplinary teams we are building in primary care, with GPs supported by a range of other highly skilled professionals including Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Pharmacists, First Contact Physiotherapists and Social Prescribers.”

The scheme has been funded by NHS England’s Estates and Technology Transformation Fund, which aims to improve healthcare services for patients across the country with modernised facilities and technology.

Works onsite are taking shape, with the centre’s steel frame and new car park constructed first to enable staff parking and material storage, minimising disruption to local residents.

Staffordshire County Council is leading this project, with project management from ENTRUST, G F Tomlinson acting as main contractor, CPMG as architect and Jackson Purdue as structural engineer.

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