A population review shows that the main strategic growth area for North Somerset will be in Central Weston and the new GP site might have to serve up to 14,950 new residents in the next few years.
A total of 1,095 square metres of ground and first-floor accommodation (block B) could be kitted out to deliver sustainable primary care services in a new 'state of the art' building, next to planned new homes, a school and sporting facilities.
Healthwatch North Somerset is supporting Pier Health and the Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos Clinical Commissioning Group to help the public get involved in having their say on the proposals which will inform a future consultation.
- Opportunities for health and wellbeing – Friday 30 April from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Click:- https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkdOyhqD0pGdcXr5DahO2p0ID7tIyFSvQt
- Primary care service model – Friday 7 May from 5.30pm-7.30pm.
- Meeting to summarise all four co-production workshops – Wednesday 12 May from 5.30pm-7.30pm.
The scheme should also develop opportunities to work together for example the development of a pharmacy and space for additional primary care workforce i.e. social prescribers, clinical pharmacists, physiotherapists.
It is also hoped the new site will attract clinicians to Pier Health Primary Care Network and develop a skilled clinical team around GPs to manage and support the practice workload.
The aim is also to support people in Weston to live healthy lives, preventing people from developing long-term conditions and supporting those who have diabetes and long-term clinical and mental health needs to manage their health confidently with their health professionals. This will be enabled by providing education and self-care support and information, working with staff at the Community Pharmacy.
·There have been a number of growing pressures on the primary care estate in the Weston area. These were due to housing developments in Central Weston, publicly voiced concerns of the coverage of GP services in the town centre and aging buildings within Weston and Worle that were short of space.
·The closure of the Boulevard practice in 2013 and the relocation of Longton Grove and New Court practices from central Weston to the 168 Locking Road site in 2013, reduced the level of provision within the Central Ward of Weston. The Stafford Group operates Stafford Place in the area, but this does not offer a full quota of GP services and the condition of the estate is said to be poor according to a new business case report.
· The age profile for Central Weston is likely to be much younger than North Somerset with a higher proportion of 0-14 and 25-44 year olds. Life expectancy for both males (82.6) and females (87.4) is higher than the North Somerset average (79.8 and 83.5 respectively).