16 January 2015, London

Improving local health and social care in South West London

The construction and fit out of the new state-of-the-art Nelson Health Centre on Kingston Road is now complete.

Jamie Andrews, CHP Investment Director; Wayne Walbrook, SLHP and Sue Howson, Merton CCG

The building has been passed from South London Health Partnership (SLHP) to Community Health Partnerships (CHP) who will manage the facility as head tenant from now on.

Bringing care closer to home

The Nelson Health Centre will provide a range of primary care and community services to local residents, bringing care closer to home.

Final preparations ahead of April opening

NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been leading on the planning of the clinical services at the facility and is currently working with the appointed service providers to equip and prepare the building for when it opens its doors to patients on 1 April.

Services at The Nelson Health Centre will include:

  • GP surgeries The Cannon Hill Lane Medical Practice and The Church Lane Practice- relocating and forming a new single organisation bringing the best from both practices to deliver excellent care to their patients.
  • Endoscopy, x-ray, ultrasound and blood tests.
  • Outpatient clinics, minor procedures and ophthalmology.
  • Outpatient physiotherapy, podiatry and diabetic retinal screening.
  • Assessment and investigation services.
  • Community mental health services.
  • Community pharmacy services.

Service providers at the centre include Sutton and Merton Community Services, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust and St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust/ Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust (ophthalmology).

Innovative healthcare in the heart of Merton

Dr. Sion Gibby, Merton CCG locality lead for Raynes Park, said: “We are very excited that the patients will soon have this innovative healthcare centre available to them.

"The Nelson Health Centre will be a spacious and modern environment allowing more people to be seen, diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.”

Wayne Walbrook, Operations Manager from SLHP, said “Rydon Construction has done an exceedingly good job, the building has been handed over on time and the quality of the works is excellent.”

Improving local health and social care

Jamie Andrews, Area Director at CHP, said: "We are delighted that this state-of-the-art, spacious, modern health centre has reached practical completion and is set to play a significant role in developing and improving the quality of health and social care services for residents of Merton and the wider local community.”

Prime example of the impact of partnership working

Simon Moore, Construction Director from Rydon Construction, said: “The Nelson Health Centre project has been something we have been very proud to work on from the start. This is a prime example of positive partnership working.

"We are pleased to have delivered this special facility to the residents of Merton. We wish all those involved from now on the best for the future and look forward to it opening on 1 April.”

For more information about The Nelson Health Centre please visit the NHS Merton CCG website.

The Nelson Health Centre is set to play a significant role in developing and improving the quality of health and social care services for residents of Merton and the wider local community.

Jamie Andrews, Investment Director, Community Health Partnerships