Plans for the redevelopment of Chiswick Health Centre in Fishers Lane will be revealed at a drop-in ‘engagement event’ at the centre on Wednesday 23 October between 1.00 and 7.00pm.
The 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.
The health centre is currently shared by three surgeries: Chiswick Health Practice, West 4 GPs and Chiswick Family Doctors Practice, who together look after more than 20,000 people.
They’ve reached the point where they’re so squeezed for space they aren’t able to offer as much in the way of services as they’d like to.
“It’s like playing Jenga” says Sarah Herdman, Practice Manger for Chiswick Health Practice. Trying to find a room to use is literally “one in one out.”
The building also houses community nurses, a dentist, two counselling groups and a physiotherapist, a baby clinic and diabetes workshops. Two of the practices also offer minor surgery.
Site of Chiswick Health Centre
The ‘engagement event’ on 23 October will be the first time the plans, believed to involve a second storey and residentail flats on top, will be available to view.
The plans will remain on view, available for people to comment on until Wednesday 30 October. They will then go back to the council before being presented to the public again for further consultation.
Also under consideration is when the health centre staff and patients will go while the centre is being rebuilt. Hopefully there will be some word on that as well.
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