Added on: 6th September, 2019 by O1
The new Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre opened its doors to patients on 16 September 2019, housing the Knoll Medical Practice and a range of other community clinics in modern and fit for purpose premises in the heart of Orpington town centre.
The centre enables more patients to avoid going to hospital for routine treatment.
Dr Andrew Parson, Clinical Chair of NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group said, “We have worked long and hard with our partners, patients and staff to make sure that we can offer Orpington residents high quality services from a modern and fit for purpose building. Patients have told us they want more care delivered from local community facilities and avoid having to go into hospital unless they really need to. The new centre will certainly help us achieve this”.
As well as providing a new home for the Knoll Medical Practice, the Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre, in Brunswick Square Orpington, will provide patients with a range of community services including outpatient clinics, minor surgery, community clinics and diagnostics. A brand new MRI scanner will be installed in the centre in February 2020.
Dr Ruchira Paranjape, one of the GP partners at Knoll Medical Practice said, “We are so excited to move into the new Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre. Our staff and patients are set to benefit from having modern and fit for purpose premises that will enable us to develop our services further”.
Patients and other partners have been instrumental in developing the Orpington centre. David Hughes, a resident from Bromley said, “From the very early days of planning the new centre, the CCG talked to local people to make sure they had a voice in what was provided. I’m delighted that it is now opening and will provide me, my family and all other residents of Orpington with a range of health and wellbeing services on our doorstep.
The Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre is part of a wide programme of improvements being made by NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group to enable more care to be delivered in the community and out of hospital, in facilities that are fit for purpose for modern health service delivery. Plans are currently underway to provide a similar centre in Bromley Town Centre.
The construction of the building was managed by NHS Property Services. Catherine Webster, senior construction manager said, “We are very pleased to have provided the local community with a new home for primary care, out-patient and community services in the centre of Orpington, to meet the rising demand and ease pressure on surrounding hospitals. We will also be providing a full range of facilities management services to ensure patients continue to be seen in a safe and compliant environment.”
For more information contact NHS Bromley Clinical Comissioning Group (CCG)