Green light given for NHS million pound investment in local medical centre

Patients of Launceston Medical Centre will benefit from a £1.6million NHS funding boost to improve improve GP facilities.

The monies was made available from the NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund, and it is anticipated that the funding will go towards improving the premises and expanding the facilities.

The NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund is a national programme to support GP practices to make improvements to services, including modern, expanded facilities and use of new technologies.

The medical centre's practice manager Andrew Yardley said: "I’m looking forward to working with all the practice team, including patients and our superb patient participation group, to ensure our extension meets the growing needs of people in Launceston."

NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group’s Chief Officer Jackie Pendleton added "This is great news for people in Launceston. We want our NHS and care services to support people to manage their conditions, to keep fit and well, and, when they need help, to provide those services in their community. We want people to be treated in modern buildings, which have a range of services under one roof.

"Primary care is at the heart of our plans to integrate health and care services, and the extra space at Launceston Medical Centre will result in more community services being provided."

The NHS England funding will enable the surgery to go ahead with its plans to create more space and increase the range of services it can provide. A two-storey expansion of the centre includes plans to build 10 more consulting rooms, including training facilities for GP registrars, a bigger waiting room, and a new entrance to the dispensary. There will also be more space created to allow staff from across health and care, such as social workers, district nurses and members of the voluntary sector to work together as one team, under one roof to improve people’s care.

Amanda Fisk, Director at NHS England South West said: "We want every patient to have good access to healthcare in their local area, in facilities that meet their needs. That’s why the NHS is investing more money to improve GP services across the country – including at Launceston Medical Centre.

"The Estates and Technology Transformation Fund is increasing investment in GP premises and technology to enable a wider and improved range of services for patients. Investment is needed, not just to improve existing facilities, but to accommodate larger teams of GPs, nurses, pharmacists and other staff in general practice so that a wider range of services can be offered to patients."