Sectors - Community

Work Starts on £3.4m Healthcare Facility

G F Tomlinson, a Midlands-based contractor, has commenced ground works at the new Greenwood House Medical Centre in Burntwood, Staffordshire.

Set for completion in September 2021, the new £3.4 million medical facility will look to bring world-class healthcare facilities to the community whilst relieving pressure on local hospitals. The new single-story building will consist of 12 consulting rooms, five treatment rooms, a healthcare and phlebotomy room, as well as a health education space with an adjoining pharmacy unit.

The new medical centre will be built on a site previously occupied by a residential care home which has been vacant since 2008.

The new building is giving a much-needed upgrade to the current healthcare facilities. The centre will also be replacing the services provided by the Darwin Medical Practice. As well as this, 61 onsite parking spaces will be created and the surrounding area will be landscaped, with the centre using the existing road entrance to the former care home.

The scheme is being funded by NHS England’s Estates and Technology Transformation Fund, which aims to improve healthcare services for patients throughout England by modernising facilities and technology.  Procured through the Staffordshire County Council framework, G F Tomlinson has been selected to provide construction works for the site. This is the fifth project the contractor has procured through the framework since 2016.

Chris Flint, Director of G F Tomlinson, said: “Good quality healthcare is important, now more than ever, and the new medical centre will provide optimised and accessible facilities for the local community, which are currently inadequate, meeting the demands of the ageing population in Burntwood.

“We’re pleased to be partnering with Staffordshire County Council once again to provide vital public service buildings for the wider community, instilling confidence that they have access to good healthcare whenever they need it.”

Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council and former cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing, said: “Part of the strategy for reducing demand on our hospitals from ageing communities is to provide more facilities and services close to residents.

“This development, reusing a dormant plot of land that has long been earmarked for the purpose, will provide additional capacity for the local GP practice and means people in Burntwood can look forward to a new, state-of-the-art facility that meets the community’s needs.”

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.”

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