Health centre to open in 2008

PUBLISHED: 11:59 06 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:18 24 May 2010

A LONG-AWAITED £3million health centre will open in Portishead in 2008, it has been revealed. North Somerset Primary Care Trust has rubber stamped proposals

A LONG-AWAITED £3million health centre will open in Portishead in 2008, it has been revealed.North Somerset Primary Care Trust has rubber stamped proposals to build a new Primary Care Resource Centre on the site of the existing Harbourside Surgery at Harbour Road.Proposals for the three-storey building will now be drawn up and handed to North Somerset Council, with plans to start building work next summer. The new centre will incorporate clinical space and community nursing teams who will be able to carry out a range of treatments, minor surgery and tests including ECGs.It is hoped the new community based services will reduce the number of urgent admissions to hospital.Podiatrists, physiotherapists and children's services will also be based at the centre.The PCT has been investigating the need for improved health facilities in the town following the massive population increase in Portishead. The Regional Spacing Strategy has predicted that by 2025 the town's population will soar to 30,000, leaving the current medical services unable to cope.Currently patients are served by Portishead Medical Centre which has 16,000 registered patients and Harbourside Practice with 5, 500 patients.In a report to the North Somerset Primary Care Trust Board it said: "Portishead has grown significantly in the past 20 years following a number of regeneration projects associated with the Harbourside and Quays developments."Presently the population of Portishead is 22,000 and by 2010 it is anticipated it will exceed to 28,000."This places significant demands upon the provision of local primary healthcare services."It is already recognised that existing services in Portishead are stretched and unable to meet the demands of the population.

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