NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and Community 1st Cornwall held a public engagement event on 20th July at Bellair Health Office in Penzance to present plans for the proposed Bellair Health Park development to the local community. These plans will bring together Bellair Health Clinic and Alverton, Penalverne, Sunnyside and Rosmellyn surgeries and a range of primary care services into one single site.
Details of the proposed development were on display, including plans and architect’s impressions of the completed building and the local community was given the opportunity to ask questions or make comments about the new development and the services which will be available once it is complete. These comments will now be fed into the building design development process before a planning application is submitted.
The new multi million pound health development is something NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and Community 1st have been working towards for a number of years and represents an exciting and unique opportunity to modernise facilities, whilst maintaining continuity of service provision at the heart of the community and will allow for the integration of services to provide wider access to other health services in one location.
It is likely that the centre will include facilities for family planning, podiatry, audiology, health promotion, speech and language therapy, midwifery, children’s services, physiotherapy and dental services, as well as modern purpose-built consulting rooms.
Almost 100 people attended the event and the overall feedback was very positive about the new development.
Antek Lejk, the director of partnership commissioning and interim director of primary care for NHS CornwalI and Isles of Scilly said: “In preparing plans for the Bellair site we’ve listened to the views of GPs and health professionals. Their input has influenced the way the new health centre will look and work. Now we want the public to see what will become an important community amenity.”