£15 million health boost for Medway
by Natalie Vincent Fri 6 April 2018, 2:29 pm
Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has successfully secured £15.5 million in funding to improve health services in the area from the Department of Health and Social Care.
The funding will help build two health centres in Chatham and Strood.
The CCG, which is responsible for planning and buying NHS services in the area, was awarded the combined sum from three bids, which will also transform urgent treatment services Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham.
The planned health and wellbeing centres will be 'one-stop shops', providing sustainable and integrated primary and community services to the growing populations of both towns, as part of ongoing regeneration.
Stuart Jeffery, chief operating officer at Medway CCG, said: "This is fantastic news for patients in the area and means we can put our plans for the Chatham and Strood Healthy Living Centres into practice sooner than anticipated. Chatham is one of the most deprived areas in Medway. With the growing population across Medway, it is particularly good news for local care."
Up to £1 million has been earmarked to redevelop the urgent care centre at Medway Maritime Hospital.
The funding will provide a lounge for mental health patients, an improved waiting room, eight treatment rooms, and a designated area for the diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis.