Chiswick Health Centre
Plans for a new Chiswick Health Centre have gone on show at the centre in Fishers Lane.
The current spectacularly ugly building is due to be knocked down and rebuilt so the health services within it can expand, to meet the needs of a population which is both expanding and ageing.
What those who use it have been waiting to find out is where they would go to see their doctor while the work was going on. The answer, it has now been revealed, is the Stamford Brook Centre on Stamford Brook Avenue.
Robert Flann, Pratice Manager at the Chiswick Health Practice, one of three surgeries at the centre, told me that the short term upset would be worth the long term gain.
“The building is way past its sell-by date and once we have a brand new building we will be able to offer our patients a better service”.
Stamford Brook Centre is an NHS owned building which has until recently been used for offices. The NHS would bear the cost of getting a change of use agreed and of carrying out the refurbishment of that building.
But Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group is reliant on a developer for the capital to carry out the redevelopment of the medical centre itself. While the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been dishing out money for hospitals like sweeties ahead of a general election, the grants are for hospitals and emergency services, not community healthcare.
NHS Property Services has a list of 23 developers who could pitch for the project. The plans include the provision of 48 flats on the site in addition to the new health centre. Hounslow Council leader Steve Curran has said they must include some affordable housing.
Just how much affordable housing will be included, how much money will go to the developer from the sale of the flats and how much will be available to be spent on the health centre is all up for discussion before the project goes forward for planning permission.
Steve Curran commented last week “there’s still a long way to go on this”.
The plans are available to view at the health centre until tomorrow (Wednesday 30 October) and online here.