02 December 2014, Midlands

Improving access to primary care in Coventry

Patients in Canley, Coventry are another step closer to improved access to first class primary care after Arden Estate Partnerships (AEP) reached financial close on its latest development, Forrest Medical Centre.

Artist's impression of what the Forrest Medical Centre will look like when it opens in Autumn 2015

Working with the partners and patient panel representative at Forrest Medical Centre, AEP secured land surrounding a site at Prior Deram Walk from project partners, Coventry City Council. 

Situated just off a main arterial section of the A45 this purpose built 750m2 health centre will combine the services currently offered at the practice’s two separate sites in Chapelfields and Canley.

Improved accessibility will be key focus

Once open, patients will be offered a wider range of healthcare services, having better access to more GP appointments and developing stronger links with the neighbouring Warwick University Medical School. 

Importantly, accessibility to these services will also be improved thanks to regular bus routes in to and around the City along with a nearby train station connecting people from further afield as well.

Commitment to partnership working

This is the fifth of Arden Estate Partnerships developments in the Coventry area; forming a key part of their commitment to work closely with the local authority and other partners to strategically plan the local estate to meet the growing needs of the population of Coventry.

The project has been a priority for health commissioners for a number of years, and will be a fitting contribution to the wider Local Authority led regeneration of the area as well.

Work is expected to start on site in December with the development anticipated for completion in August/September 2015.

Creating more dedicated time for patients

Vicki Ridgway, Development Manager at Arden Estate Partnerships said: “We’re excited to have reached this milestone in the development and look forward to seeing construction begin. 

"By bringing the Forrest Medical Centre’s services together under one roof, staff will no longer have to waste unnecessary time moving between sites, enabling them to have more dedicated time to treat patients.”

Further information about this development will follow in due course.

By bringing services together under one roof, staff will no longer have to waste unnecessary time moving between sites, enabling them to have more dedicated time to treat patients.

Vicki Ridgway, Development Manager at Arden Estate Partnerships