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Work Begins to Fit Out New Health Facility in North Solihull

Work has begun to fit out a new health facility in north Solihull which will provide a number of key primary care and specialist health services for local people.

NHS Property Services is managing the programme of works to the new health facility, which is based above the new Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School in Chelmund's Cross Village Centre.

The work will "fit out" the space so that a new community health clinic and centre for children and adolescent health services can move in and begin running services. Accommodation comprises consulting/meeting rooms, a specialist viewing room and staff spaces; requiring installation of partitions, doors, ceilings, flooring and mechanical and electrical installations. The work is being funded by NHS England and is due to be completed by the end of June 2014.  

Karen Helliwell, Director of Commissioning for NHS England in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, which is funding the work, said: "I am delighted to see that work is starting on the new community health clinic and a centre that deals with the emotional well-being of children and young people in Solihull.  These services will provide early support to children coping with life crises such as bereavements, family break-up and bullying.  

"NHS England is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to high-quality local healthcare services.  This project has involved NHS England working in partnership with NHS Property Services, the local CCG and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to improve services for both GP patients and young people.  By funding purpose-built facilities like these we can make sure that we're commissioning care that is tailored to the specific needs of the people living in Solihull and the surrounding areas."

Earlier this year NHS Property Services officially took on the head lease for the new health facility and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group confirmed it would commission a number of services from the new centre, paving the way for work to begin on site.   

Dr Anand Chitnis, Chair of Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a Castle Bromwich GP, said: "The CCG is particularly pleased to have been instrumental in bringing much needed services to one of our most deprived areas in the borough and thanks GPs for their commitment to achieving the best facilities possible for their patients, both now and for the future.

"This is an exciting and innovative project, which has demonstrated the importance of organisations, especially those concerned with health, education and social care working together. Local communities have also been involved in the planning of this, through the connecting communities project. The Government has called for improvements in emotional and psychological support for children and adolescents around the country and this project is a major part of the action we are taking in Solihull."

The health facilities are part of a larger regeneration scheme of Chelmund's Cross Village Centre in north Solihull. The first stage of the scheme has seen a mixed use community facility built comprising of a new primary school, a new church (St Andrew's), child care facility, an adult learning centre, a dedicated community space and health services. The wider regeneration scheme will see retail and office space, an enterprise centre, housing and public open spaces developed.