27 March 2015, London

Integrating primary and community services in south west London

The new Nelson Health Centre in Merton opens its doors to patients on 1 April, greatly improving accessibility to health care for residents of Merton in south west London.

The new Nelson Health Centre; integrating primary & community services

Through its integration of primary care, acute sector and community services this innovative £14m facility, brings care closer to home and is set to help to reduce unnecessary trips to hospital through its integration of primary and acute services.

Raising standards of patient care

At the heart of the primary care service delivery, two local GP practices - The Cannon Hill Lane Medical Practice and The Church Lane Practice – are forming a new single organisation that unites the best both surgeries have to offer and ensures excellent standards of care to all their patients.

Other service providers

  • St George’ University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is running a series of outpatient clinics including rheumatology, orthopaedics and cardiology and providing a range of diagnostic tests including ultrasound, endoscopy and x-ray
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is delivering an Ophthalmology outpatient service
  • South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust are providing community health services including an Older Peoples’ Memory Clinic and an Eating Disorders Unit and Nelson will also be the new home of the Merton Recovery and Support Team
  • Sutton and Merton Community Services are leading on the delivery of Musculoskeletal (MSK), outpatient physiotherapy and podiatry and Holistic and Rapid Investigation services (HARI) which has a new broader remit to support a wider age group of those having complex needs and diabetic eye screening.

Celebrating the launch

On 31 March, Community Health Partnerships (CHP) will be joining NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group Chair, Dr Howard Freeman and other partners at a small launch event to celebrate the facilities going live on 1 April.

Background to the project

The planning, development and construction of Nelson Health Centre was led by Private Public Partnership (LIFT Company) South London Health Partnerships Ltd (SLHP), in partnership with Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and Merton CCG.

Find out more

To find out more about the new Nelson Health Centre, please visit the Merton CCG website or download their short promotional video.