A multi-million pound health centre to be located in the heart of Newham's Royal Docks is set to open in 2019. It is a joint project overseen and managed by the East London Foundation Trust and Newham Clinical Commissioning Group.
GP services will be offered at the centre, along with a range of community health and social care services.
The lease on the property is valued at £2.6 million with the cost of fitting out the health centre coming to £2.7 million. Money to fit out the centre is coming from several sources, including an NHS England grant.
The 1,000 m2 site has been acquired by the newly established Health and Care Space Newham (HCSN) an organisation established by the partners involved, including Newham council. It has a remit to deliver health and housing facilities for key workers living in the borough. The health centre will be the first acquisition for the HCSN.
The establishment of what will be known as the Pontoon Dock Health Centre is welcomed by Dr. Navina Evans, the Chief Executive of the Trust. She said that 'This is great news. It means a modern, comprehensive provision of care will be made available to the people of Newham, one able to meet the challenges we face in the future - an increasing demographic and an ageing population. By investing in a project like this, a much needed integrated health care system is assured, and the many services that patients and GPs put their trust in is planned for. This is a big win both for our trust and the people we serve.'
Newham CCG has selected some GPs to operate the practice, and will move patients from existing surgeries in the Royal Docks to the new facility over a carefully planned time-frame.