Plans for a new health centre in Torpoint will move to the next stage after the Board of the Primary Care Trust approved the full business case.
It brings the town’s growing community a step closer to having modern healthcare facilities.
The scheme will now need to be endorsed by the Strategic Health Authority and requires site planning approval. A planning application has been submitted.
The decision to press ahead with the scheme was made at the Board meeting in Torpoint on Tuesday 31 July. Members heard from the public during the meeting and considered all of the feedback received during the engagement process in coming to their decision.
Amanda Fisk, Director of Commissioning Development for the Primary Care Trust, said: “This is a landmark development for the town and one which the Primary Care Trust has been committed to taking forward. It will bring the area up-to-date with modern healthcare facilities and I feel very proud to have been able to work with so many enthusiastic people locally to move this project close to reality. We do have a couple more steps to clear before we can proceed but we will hopefully be able to see this facility open to patients from early 2014.”
Dr Lawrence Barnes, who has led the development of the scheme on behalf of the GPs, said: “We are hugely grateful to the Primary Care Trust for bringing all of the partners together to help deliver a healthcare facility that will serve the town’s needs for decades to come. Our present facilities are outdated and inadequate for a growing community and we are confident that over time we will be able to overcome some of the concerns that have been expressed about the new location.”
The scheme will allow the existing Rame Group Practice surgeries at Antony Road and St James’ Road and the Peninsula Community Health Community Clinic in Hooper Street to be housed in one centre at Trevol Business Park. The centre will also house local primary and community healthcare services, ambulance services and a pharmacy. Discussions are taking place with other NHS organisations to see what additional services can be located there.
The plans have been developed by NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly – which commissions all health care in response to local health needs – Community 1st Cornwall, GPs, Peninsula Community Health and local stakeholders.
Rod Hulme, Director of Community 1st Cornwall, commented: “We are delighted the scheme has been given the go-ahead by the PCT and we look forward to continuing our work with all the stakeholders to deliver this new healthcare facility for the people of Torpoint.”