LIFT-off for new health developments

North East Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT) has agreed to progress plans to develop new health centres for West Mersea and Wivenhoe, and a new surgery for St Anne's, Colchester.

North East Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT) has agreed to progress plans to develop new health centres for West Mersea and Wivenhoe, and a new surgery for St Anne’s, Colchester.

These plans, which will be developed as NHS LIFT projects, had previously been suspended but the PCT board has agreed to work with Realise Health Ltd to progress them.

The unanimous decision was taken yesterday afternoon (Tues) when the board met in public at St John’s and Highwoods Community Centre, Colchester.

These projects will now be taken forward and a detailed financial plan returned to the board for agreement once the projects have been fully agreed and finalised.

The board also decided to progress with plans for a primary care centre for Great Clacton and Holland-on-Sea. However, this project requires a detailed review of the initial proposal.

Speaking after the meeting, Matt Bushell, the PCT’s Director of Strategic Development & Commissioning, said he understood why some people were impatient about the perceived lack of progress with LIFT schemes.

“North East Essex PCT came into being only six months ago and from the beginning we were keen to learn lessons from the previous two schemes - which involved Colchester and Tendring PCTs - and to make sure we get it right now and for the future,” he said.

“We want to make sure they deliver what patients and the public need and the board’s decision is a major step forward because it gives LIFT a fresh impetus.

“The PCT will now as a matter of priority begin to recruit a dedicated LIFT team which will play a key role in developing full business cases for the schemes which will help to build up the momentum.”

New health centre, Wivenhoe: This will allow for the expansion of the core primary care services provided at the current surgery and create space for other NHS, social care and voluntary services. Among the new services planned are family planning, primary care mental health, specialist nurse-led services, minor surgery and podiatry.

New surgery, St Anne’s: The Parsons Heath practice wants to develop a new surgery in the St Anne’s ward, near to St Andrew’s Ward (two of the most deprived wards in Colchester). The new development will be used by a range of organisations and its services will include a minor injuries unit, a community paramedic base, family planning, primary care mental health, specialist nurse-led services, minor surgery and podiatry – with potential for an opticians and dentists.

West Mersea health centre: This will enhance the range of services provided locally, with particular focus on improved services for elderly people, including elderly mental illness, intermediate and palliative care, and a wider range of diagnostic and treatments available locally. Work is expected to be completed by mid- 2008.

Great Clacton and Holland-on-Sea Primary Care Centre: The proposal is to bring four GP surgeries together with a pharmacy, a range of diagnostic services and outpatient clinics on one site on land adjacent to Kennedy House, Kennedy Way. The detailed review of the initial proposal is expected to be completed by July by which time the PCT will be in a better position to know what services are needed.

Colchester Primary Care Centre and the Fryatt Hospital, Harwich/Mayflower Medical Centre have already been developed as a result of LIFT.

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