Doctors take next step to health campus
DOCTORS have set out their next steps to create a health campus for Shepton Mallet.
Developed together, a health campus could combine the continuation of the busy minor injury unit with a new onsite medical practice for Grove House Surgery, with family doctor services delivered by doctors and nurses from this and other Central Mendip GP Federation practices.
Community and consultant-led outpatient services would continue, but be arranged to ensure they benefit the greatest number of patients and carers across the Mendip Community Service sites.
The health campus could give access to a smaller number of beds to deliver future stroke rehabilitation and general rehabilitation services.
Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chairman, David Rooke, said: "Today's proposal to develop a full business case for a health campus in Shepton Mallet is an important step towards realising a vision of health and social care services for local people which are both joined up and innovative.
"It is important to develop services which are going to meet the needs of local people both now and into the future."
Plans to improve community health services in and around Shepton and progress the development of a health campus on the town's community hospital site were discussed last week.
At the meeting, members of the CCG's governing body unanimously agreed to the creation of a project board.
They will now establish the board to take the campus project to the next stage.
The board members will include local GP and patient representatives and report back to the governing body of CCG.
The board will be responsible for working to develop a full business case over the coming year, supporting the members' vision of taking a longer term perspective of eventually delivering family doctor, community care and hospital services in a more joined up way for the people of Shepton Mallet and the surrounding area.
In October last year a public meeting was held in Shepton Mallet to listen to the views of patients, public and hospital fundraisers.
These and many other community views have since been incorporated into the service planning and review process which is being led by Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, working with a number of stakeholders including the Central Mendip GP Federation.