The £5.4million development represents the vision of a consortium of ten GP's taken from the two practices that occupy the current ageing facility (Dr Roper and partners and Dr Hurwood and Partners) and who have raised funding for the project privately. The development will serve a rapidly expanding population of 22,000 in an area that has been ear-marked for extensive housing development along with considerable commercial expansion with convenient access to the motorways system.
The County PCT will occupy a significant proportion of the new build providing it with cutting edge community-based premises.
Facilities within the new Health Centre will be extensive and are intended to embrace the concept of bringing secondary care services to patients closer to home in a ‘polyclinic 'format. Three minor surgery suites have been commissioned with a total of 7 operating rooms and will have the potential to accommodate in-house endoscopy services along with minor operative procedures traditionally performed within a hospital setting.
Proposals have been made to utilise the new Health Centre as a community-based diagnostics centre. With this in mind, a mobile MRI/CT scanner docking station has been commissioned and will occupy part of an extensive, re-enforced 89 space car-park. This will hopefully be complemented by an in-house diagnostic suite for which negotiations are taking place to provide ultrasound and echocardiography facilities along with a specialised blood testing machine. To complement these cutting edge resources it is anticipated that a number of new therapeutic options will become available from the Health Centre. The provision of more than 30 consultation rooms will allow visiting hospital consultants the opportunity to run specialist out-reach clinics from the building creating a ‘one-stop-shop' scenario in which patients can be diagnosed and treated locally.
Plans for a large physiotherapy suite are well underway and near patient testing facilities are already established.
The additional consulting space within the new building will allow both Syston practices to increase their commitment to teaching, benefiting medical students, post-graduate GP trainees and hospital doctors. This, along with the capacity to accommodate large educational conferences and teaching work-shops, will establish Syston Health Centre as a local centre of excellence for medical education within the community.
To complete the holistic care package available in Syston, Boots have taken occupancy of a pharmacy in a prominent position in the grounds of the Health Centre.
The new Syston Health Centre development represents the dawn of an exciting future for the provision of community-based health care in line with the Governments recently published White Paper. We anticipate that as a potential provider of services and under the terms of practice-based commissioning, the benefits of our ambitions will be felt by patients County-wide and beyond.
Dr Phil Green