Torpoint’s new £2million health centre was officially opened by Sheryll Murray MP and Councillor Mike Pearn MBE on 19 March in a celebratory event that marks an exciting change in local health care delivery.
The newly built health centre is a modern facility that is now the combined home for the Rame Group GP Practice and other services, previously based at the Hooper Street Health Clinic, provided by a range of healthcare providers.
It has been operational since mid-February and enables more patients to be seen, diagnosed and treated closer to home whilst encouraging closer working relationships between the different healthcare providers.
Penntorr Health will also offer a range of high quality community clinic services, as well as being a base for District Nursing teams and home to a new Minor Surgery Unit and a Lloyds Pharmacy.
South Western Ambulance Service also has dedicated facilities on-site for its staff and will be using the centre as a base from which to respond.
Relocated services previously based at Hooper Street, Torpoint, which have moved their clinics and groups are:
The building’s intelligent design includes a single main reception, shared clinical areas, staff facilities and administration areas which all encourage efficient and effective utilisation of the space and help future-proof the flexibility of the range of services the centre can provide.
Unveiling the opening ceremony’s commemorative plaque, local MP Sheryll Murray (who used to work as a receptionist at the previous Rame Group Practice site) said: “I’m delighted to be here today to officially open Penntorr Health.
“Having previously worked in the NHS for over 20 years, I understand the need to improve local access to health services and speaking to staff and patients today it is already clear to see the impact that Penntorr Health is having.”
Ken Jones, General Manager at Community 1st Cornwall added: “Penntorr Health marks an exciting change in the way health services are delivered to the people of Torpoint and we are thrilled to be part of such an important project and see local people having access to top quality health services all under one roof.”
Also speaking at the event, Antek Lejk, Executive Director at Community Health Partnerships said: “The development of Penntorr Health is testament to the benefits that can be reaped from a thorough and practical review and refresh of existing health and social care needs, services and estate.
“Through the Public Private Partnership (LIFT) Programme we are proud to have supported the Torpoint health economy, addressing both financial and clinical challenges by working with key partners to align the estate with new service delivery models.”
Rame Group Family GP Lawrence Barnes said: “The facility at Penntorr offers us the opportunity to provide first class general practice to the people of the Rame Peninsula from state of the art premises.
“It allows us to integrate care with other team members and due to the capacity of the building, to invite hospital colleagues to run clinics, perform investigations and carry out procedures closer to our patients' homes.”
Anne Jones, LloydsPharmacy pharmacy manager added: “We know many people who suffer from long-term health conditions don’t always want to go to their doctor every time they have a question.
“We’re able to support the work of GPs and other healthcare professionals at Penntorr Health and the surrounding area by offering convenient, one-to-one care that our local residents need and deserve.
“We’re excited by the transformation of the health centre and want our new store to become the destination of choice for customers looking for expert health advice.”
James Wakeham, South Regional Director for NHS Property Services, which is providing a property management service at the facility, said: “We have been pleased to work with CHP and tenants through the commissioning phase of this centre, which will bring great benefits to local patients.
“This project shows that many different partners can work effectively together to deliver a first class facility - congratulations to all those involved.”
The £2m project was delivered by Public Private Partnership (LIFT company), Community 1st Cornwall, in partnership with NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, Peninsula Community Health, Community Health Partnerships, NHS Property Services, South West Ambulance Services NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) and the Rame Group GP practice.
The project’s initial conception was the result of a wide-ranging service review and public engagement exercise which refreshed the local estate strategy and identified the need to create a new health care facility.