NHS Property Services are close to completing the NHS’s first Net-Zero building with Devizes Health Centre set to be one of the South West’s first Integrated Health Centres.
Andrew Strange, Regional Partnership Director at NHS Property Services, said: “We are delighted to say that works are very near to completion on this long-awaited project. Just one year after construction started, and we are now seeing the installation of solar panels that will power our first net-zero carbon building, as well as all the fantastic services running in the facility.
Doors to the new centre, which will be the flagship NHS location for health and care in Devizes, are due to open later this year, with the building set to bring an extensive range of services from a number of different health and care providers together under one roof.
Dr Richard Sanford-Hill, GP at Market Lavington Surgery, said: “I was fortunate enough to visit the build during the early days of construction, and it’s absolutely fantastic to see how far the site team have come over the last 12 months.
“I know many in Devizes, as well as the surrounding areas, have waited patiently over many years for this new health centre, and I’m really pleased people now have the opportunity to see the building coming together at speed.
“It’s great that the latest digital media is being used to keep the local community updated, as not only will the centre be a truly 21st-century health venue, it will also be powered by cutting-edge green technology, such as solar panels and heat pumps.”
As well as replacing the services at the existing Devizes Community Hospital, the centre will house a new on-the-day NHS primary care team, and also become the home for a range of community-based services, such as phlebotomy, physiotherapy, audiology, podiatry, diabetes and mental health.
People will be able to access the services on offer at the new health centre with either a GP or hospital referral.
Devizes Health Centre will not replace any local GP practices, all of which will continue to operate as normal once the site opens later in the year.
The £10.9 million build has been overseen by NHS Property Services, which has worked with the CCG over the last few years in getting the project off the ground.