New Health Centre Opens in the Heart of Britwell
The existing Avenue Medical Centre on Wentworth Avenue has moved to the new and modern General Practice facility in Britwell Community Centre.
The facility opened its doors to patients last week and the initiative brings together a collaboration between NHS Frimley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), SPINE Primary Care Network (PCN) and Slough Borough Council to support patients locally.
The new state of the art building provides a one-stop shop where residents will be able to access:
- New health services alongside the traditional GP services, including:
- mental health and counselling services
- maternity services
- health visitors and child health services
- Community dermatology clinics
- phlebotomy (blood taking) clinics
- vaccination clinics
- blood pressure clinics
- drug monitoring clinics
- Community health services – which were provided at the Britwell Clinic on the other side of Wentworth Avenue
The new centre is accessible from 8am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
The library and council access point will remain at the Britwell Centre, as will facilities for The Recycled Teenagers Club and other community groups.
Fiona Edwards, Frimley Integrated Care System (ICS) Chief Executive said: “I am immensely proud to celebrate the opening of the Britwell Centre with our partners today.
“This project demonstrates the power of collaboration between Health and the Council in delivering high quality, locally based services for our residents.”
Dr. Nithya Nanda, GP Partner, Farnham Road and Avenue Medical Centre and Clinical Director for SPINE Primary Care Network said “A new and modern General Practice building for Avenue Medical Centre in Britwell Community Centre is exciting news for patients of Britwell and Slough.
We have worked closely with our Health and Wellbeing partners across Frimley CCG and Slough Borough Council to turn this project around quickly. We are confident that this new hub will lead to enhanced health outcomes for our patients and residents, both adults and children.”
Natasa Pantelic, Lead member for Social Care and Public Health for Slough Borough Council said “The opening of Britwell Health Centre is the result of a truly joined up approach to health and social care for our residents.
“It really is quite unique and reflects the strength of the local partnership working between Slough Borough Council and our partners in the NHS”
Britwell currently has one of the highest rates of A&E and emergency admissions in the borough, with depression rates more than double those of the rest of the population and a high prevalence of long-term conditions such as respiratory conditions, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
More than 25 percent of children in Britwell are considered to be living in poverty in comparison to less than 20 percent in Slough as a whole. The opening of the new health centre will further enhance the care offered to the community around Britwell.