Major step forward to development of Devizes Health Centre
We are thrilled to announce that the GP-led Health Centre for Devizes can move to its next phase, after a commitment of £7million to funding.
The project, which we have led, aims to deliver significant benefits to patient care by creating a modern and sustainable facility for the people of Devizes and the surrounding area.
NHS Property Services (NHSPS), which owns the site of the proposed new development at Marshall Road, has this week confirmed it can commit to funding the construction phase of the project subject to conditions including the approval of the business cases by NHS England and ourselves at Wiltshire CCG.
The commitment from NHSPS to fund the construction costs comes as outline planning permission for the development from Wiltshire Council is expected later this month. However, the funding commitment marks a considerable move in respect to the scheme’s delivery. We have held ongoing discussions regarding the proposal with NHS England and NHS Property Services to secure a solution to the complex ownership, planning, leasing and funding arrangements for the last three years.
Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, Chairman of Wiltshire CCG and lead GP for the project said:
“It’s really exciting to see that the Devizes Health Centre project is taking a significant step forward, and I’m delighted on behalf of the five Devizes GP practices and the CCG. The commitment from NHS Property Services means it’s all systems “go” to work towards the implementation of this important, long awaited scheme that will provide modern, fit for purpose premises for the delivery of healthcare for the people of the Devizes community area. There’s still a lot of work to do, and we look forward to the outcome of the Outline Planning Application, but we’re extremely confident now that we’re well on the way to achieving what we set out to do on behalf of our patients”.
The next step in the project will involve us concluding the outline business case, including a commitment to fund the future costs of running the health centre.
If the outline business case is approved, work on developing the detailed design of the scheme can begin to inform the full business case, which would then need to be approved by us and by NHS England.
Andrew Strange, Senior Strategy Manager at NHS Property Services, said:
“This is an important stage of the project. There is still a long way to go and we will continue to work closely with the CCG and future occupiers to develop the scheme”.
The health centre development is part of a wider scheme that involves the release of land at Marshall Road for housing, and, in due course, the outdated community hospital in the town.