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Great partnership for Great Barr medical centre

06.07.2020

GPs building a brand-new medical centre in Great Barr are set to help a local school with healthy play activities for pupils.

The three practices, which currently operate out of Park House Surgery, Newton Surgery on Newton Road and Sundial Lane Surgery, have earmarked a community grant from the construction scheme to buy new play equipment at nearby Hamilton School which caters for children with special educational needs .

The practices will combine their services to form Scott Arms Medical Group once they have relocated to the modern, environmentally friendly building, which is being constructed on the corner of Queslett Road and Whitecrest – meaning additional resources and services can be offered to all patients.

The new premises which we are funding is being developed by MedCentres and will include 12 specialist, multi-use GP consulting rooms, four nurse treatment rooms, a health promotion facility and first-rate facilities for reception and administration staff, as well as an onsite pharmacy and osteopath.

Dr Priyanand Hallan, GP from GP Park House Surgery , said: “We’re delighted to be able to pick a local community group to receive this grant and we couldn’t think of any better way to use the money than to help local children stay healthy through play. We look forward to seeing the equipment in action!”

The community grant has been made by Assura, the primary care property specialist which is funding the development and will be the new building’s long-term owner.

Just as the practices have outgrown their old buildings and need replacement facilities to benefit their patients and service delivery, Hamilton School has outgrown its current playground and needs new equipment to ensure their children can make better use of their outdoor space.

Jon Harris, Head Teacher of Hamilton Special School said, “We’re hoping to make a start on our new playground in September. We’ll be spending our grant money on outdoor play equipment and will need to fundraise a further £6,000 to finish the project. Our current play equipment is very old and doesn’t meet the needs of our pupils with Autism. This summer has been very difficult for them and they’ll love having a new play equipment in the autumn.”

Jon Webb, our Senior Development manager said: “We are delighted to be working with the GPs and helping to support a project which is close to everyone’s hearts in the local community – the last few months have shown us just how important opportunities for outdoor play can be for children. When the new playground opens it’ll be a real celebration and a fantastic way to help mark the coming together of these practices in their new building.”

The new medical centre building is set to complete later this Summer and will serve a growing list size of over 11,500 patients.