Plans for a fabulous new £5.3m health centre development in Gloucester have moved forward thanks to a seal of approval from the NHS Primary Care Commissioning Committee.

Subject to final planning permission being granted by the Local Authority, the new centre at Quayside will allow two busy city centre practices, Gloucester City Health Centre and Gloucester Health Access Centre, to relocate to a brand new purpose-built centre within a larger regeneration development of the area.

The new health centre will transform GP services in the city centre. Both practices have outgrown their current premises which, despite being converted and refurbished over the years, are no longer fit for purpose and unable to meet the needs of the increasing population. It will be able to accommodate up to 18,000 registered patients and provide a further 17,250 appointments for non-registered patients. The site will also include around 80 car parking spaces.

The more spacious and modern premises will include additional consulting and treatment rooms, allowing the practices to meet the growing demand whilst sharing resources, working more flexibly and improving the range of services they provide.

It will also enable significantly more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to receive training, whilst the improved reception and waiting areas will be more comfortable for patients and staff alike.

Dr Simon Loader, GP Partner at Gloucester City Health Centre, said:

“Moving to this new building will help us to meet the ever-increasing health and care needs of our patients, ensuring that we can continue to provide high quality services for years to come.”

Director of Primary Care at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Helen Goodey said:

“The CCG is delighted to be in a position to back this exciting project which will provide a major boost to healthcare in the city.

Patients can look forward to receiving care in superb new facilities and current and future healthcare professionals at the two practices will benefit from working in a great environment.”

Subject to planning approval from the Local Authority, construction will start by the end of October 2019 with a view to the new centre being operational by 2021.

This development is part of wider plans to improve GP premises across the county.