The proposal for a Health and Wellbeing Hub for Shrewsbury
The local NHS and Shropshire Council have joined forces to develop plans for a new, state-of-the-art health and wellbeing hub in the Meole Brace area of Shrewsbury.
This exciting new centre would include a wide range of services under one roof, helping to prevent illness and encourage people to lead longer, healthier lives.
As part of these plans, our practice has expressed its intention to relocate to the hub once the development is complete. This would take place alongside five other practices in the Shrewsbury area.
The GP practices involved in the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub are:
- The Beeches Medical Practice
- Belvidere Medical Practice
- Claremont Bank Surgery
- Marden Medical Practice
- Marysville Medical Practice
- South Hermitage Surgery
The Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub has the potential to bring health and social care professionals, as well as the voluntary sector, into a single centre to provide a wider combination of services for the whole community, especially people with the greatest health needs and lowest life expectancy in the area.
The practices are currently experiencing different issues which makes it challenging for them to deliver some services for their patients.
Surveys have identified that the buildings require a substantial amount of work in order to be fit for purpose for patients. There are also occupational and legal matters which need to be addressed, such as disability access and safety.
There is not enough space at existing practice sites to house new staff roles, or to extend and adapt the current buildings. This means that practices are increasingly unable to meet the complex needs of a growing population, as well as rising demand for their services. Moving to a bright, modern, eco-friendly and purpose-built facility would be the best solution to these problems.
The proposals for a Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub open up great new prospects for joined-up, seamless care for our patients, and it would help to secure the long-term future of the practices involved.
For further information on the hub, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) available on the CCG website here.
Progress to date:
NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently in negotiations with landowners over the potential location of the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub.
Exploratory work is focused in the Meole Brace area of Shrewsbury at present and options are being pursued to provide good access for patients and value for money for the taxpayer. Due to the commercial nature of this work, further information is not available at this time, but details will be shared when possible.
Details of the services that could be included within the hub are also currently in development. Feedback from the listening exercise, which took place in September 2021, has fed into this work.
The service model will aim to address the current issues faced in general practice, including rising patient demand, an ageing population with more needs, increasing patient numbers, and the recruitment and retention of staff.
The CCG is about to embark on its second phase of engagement for the project to help shape and improve plans. This will include face-to-face and online focus groups as well as an online survey which will run in May 2022.
We’d love to hear your thoughts. More details will be shared with patients via the practice and CCG websites as well as social media channels.
To read more about the proposals, be part of a focus group or to share your views for the Shrewsbury Health and Wellbeing Hub, please visit the CCG website.