Five GP practices are to benefit from bigger and better equipped premises thanks to nearly £1.3m funding from NHS England’s Primary Care Infrastructure Fund.
It is to be used toward new consulting rooms, minor surgery rooms, better waiting facilities and improved access. The additional space will provide the space and facilities for GP practices to treat thousands more patients and to facilitate seven day access.
The practices in the Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group area and Solihull CCG area to benefit are:
- Richmond Medical Centre Richmond Road, Solihull. £389,920 NHS England funding towards the complete refurbishment and redesign of the practice buildings, plus two new consulting rooms that will allow more integrated care for patients and provision of additional services.
- Druids Heath Surgery, Pound Road, Birmingham. £249,345 NHS England funding towards an extension of the existing practice to provide two additional consulting rooms, plus creating of wheelchair accessible entrance, new reception area and larger waiting room.
- Weoley Park Surgery, Weoley Park Road, Birmingham. £279,309 NHS England funding towards increasing the number of rooms for treatment and consultation from five to eight. The three additional rooms will include a nurse’s room and a minor surgery room. A training area will also be built. Work is due for completion in April. Building work is already under way.
- West Heath Road Surgery, Birmingham. £287,100 NHS England funding for four new consulting rooms, provided through an extension to the existing premises. Work is due to begin in December.
- £106,666 to GPS Healthcare. This will be used to create a centralised admin hub at its Tanworth Lane site and to convert admin rooms at GPS Healthcare’s five other sites into clinical rooms.
The NHS England Primary Care Infrastructure Fund is a national funding programme to support GP practices to make improvements to services for local patients including more modern, expanded facilities and use of new technologies.
Practices have been provided with two-thirds of the funding they need towards their improvement works by NHS England, with the rest provided by the practices themselves.
Dr Anand Chitnis, Chair of Solihull CCG, said: “I’m very pleased for these GP practices who are also investing their own funds into being able to take on more patients, provide greater access for patients and a better experience when people visit.”
Dr Andrew Coward, Chair of Birmingham South Central CCG, said: “This funding from NHS England is good news for local GP practices and their patients. It will provide better facilities, more consulting rooms and allow them to increase the number of people they serve.”