The new health centre, which is set to be built on land currently occupied by Dulwich Community Hospital in London, is likely set to open in 2019.
Once completed, it will provide a range of primary care, community mental health services and services for patients with long term conditions.
Following extensive public engagement and consultation, NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with Community Health Partnerships (CHP) to move the project forward, with detailed planning work on the c£20m project now starting.
This includes a full business case for the new centre, which will outline details of exactly which services the centre will provide, patient numbers and a timeline for development.
Dr Roger Durston, GP Lead for the project said: "We have been talking to residents in Dulwich and the surrounding areas about how we can improve health services since 2011. We are delighted to be moving forward with our plans."
He added: “We will continue to listen to what patients, health care professionals and residents say as we draw up plans for the new building and the services that will be housed there.”
CHP Chief Executive, Dr Sue O’Connell commented: “We are delighted that this project is moving forward – with the ultimate aim of providing excellent new healthcare services for local people in Dulwich.
Over the past decade, CHP, through the LIFT Programme has successfully delivered over 300 similar projects, which have provided a significant range of health and regeneration benefits through the creation of community-based buildings and facilities, delivering 21st century health and social care.”
We are delighted that this project is moving forward – with the ultimate aim of providing excellent new healthcare services for local people in Dulwich.Sue O'Connell, Chief Executive, Community Health Partnerships
NHS clinical services will continue to be provided from existing buildings on the site (pictured below) until they transfer to the new health centre. Also to be built on the site, adjacent to the new health centre, is a secondary level Free School to be run by The Charter School Trust.
The project will be delivered through CHPs Public Private Partnership LIFT Programme (Building Better Health – Lambeth, Southwark, & Lewisham) with investment coming from CHP via the Department of Health.
NHS Property Services took ownership of Dulwich Hospital site on 1 April 2013 from Southwark PCT after parts of the site had been underutilised for some time.
Two parcels of the land have now been transferred to the Education Funding Agency.
Plans are also progressing for a new health centre to be developed by NHS Property Service within the retained NHS land on the site. Existing health services will continue to be delivered from the hospital until the new state of the art facility is complete, which is expected to be by early 2019.