23 August 2011,

Solent Community Solutions - Oak Park Reaches Financial Close

NHS Hampshire and Solent Community Solutions LIFTCo are pleased to announce that exciting plans to improve access to healthcare services for residents in the Havant and East Hampshire area were approved at its Board meeting on Thursday (May 26, 2011) and formally approved by South Central Strategic Health Authority.

The plans, developed using the views of local residents, will see the expansion of the existing Oak Park Childrens Services building into the Oak Park Community Clinic, the development of a new Oak Park Health and Wellbeing Campus and the continued development of a Primary Care Based Minor Injuries Service.

"The approval means we can now start to put all of our exciting plans in place. Having the views of local people to shape the development of our plans was invaluable and I would like to thank everyone who gave their time and their views during the engagement process and thank all of our partners for their enthusiasm and energy in getting us to this stage," said Inger Hebden, director of capital planning for NHS Hampshire. "We are really excited that we can start the work for the different projects, especially as we are planning that the building work for the Oak Park Community Clinic will start next month."

The Oak Park Community Clinic will provide a range of adult services including up to 24,000 outpatient appointments across a range of specialties, up to 26,000 diagnostic appointments (plain film X-ray, ultrasound and echos), up to 20,000 therapy appointments (physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech & language therapy), up to 7,000 podiatry appointments and facilities for mobile scanners, such as MRI. The clinic will also provide a new purpose built home for the Rapid Assessment Service that was launched in the local area in February 2011, 18 months ahead of schedule, which is currently temporarily based at Havant Health Centre.

The clinic will also bring together a range of children's services including community paediatrics, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, podiatry, speech and language therapy, specialist child and adolescent mental health services, school nursing and health visitors.

NHS Hampshire and Hampshire County Council will jointly commission the new Oak Park Health and Wellbeing Campus which will see the development of a nursing care centre and extra care housing on the Oak Park site. The development will include 20 beds for intermediate care/re-ablement beds providing support for patients following a hospital stay to regain independence and return home within six weeks, and 10 beds for older people's mental health care for the significant group of frail older people who have a degree of cognitive impairment or depression. Local GPs and clinicians have been working together to develop a new model for the intermediate care/re-ablement beds which will be introduced as soon as possible. Instead of waiting until the new nursing centre facility is ready, we will commission 10 intermediate care/re-ablement beds in nursing homes in the Havant area. These will replace the beds at Havant War Memorial Hospital and means we can introduce the new model of care much earlier.

Some of the developments included in the plans have already been put in place, ahead of time. These include moving the Children's Services Team from Oak Park Children's Centre to Fort Southwick so that there is a fully integrated team base for the first time, launching the Rapid Assessment Service 18 months ahead of schedule and introducing a Primary Care Based Minor Injuries Service. This service is available at the following practices and is open to those living in Havant and the surrounding area from 8am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday - not just those registered with the practices:

For further information please contact Solent Community Solutions LIFTCo