A ceremony to mark work starting on site at the new Severnvale children’s locality hub in Patchway took place on Tuesday 10th August.
Councillors were joined by representatives from health and building contractors BAM Construction Limited to turn the first sod at the centre on Rodway Road.
Once complete, South Gloucestershire Council, NHS South Gloucestershire and North Bristol NHS Trust will provide a range of services aimed at children and young people all located under the same roof and in the heart of the community.
South Gloucestershire Council is leading on the development of the locality hub and Cllr Sheila Cook, executive member for children and young people, said: “The Severnvale Hub will bring a range of important services under one roof, particularly for children and young people which will make it much easier to get advice, help and care when it is needed. This partnership approach will ensure that our residents can access services when it is convenient to them.”
Melanie Gibbs, Chair of NHS South Gloucestershire, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Severnvale and another step towards our vision of reducing health inequalities by bringing services closer to where people need them. It will help professionals to work together in the most effective way, with the needs of families, children and young people as the focal point. We worked together to open a children’s hub in Yate earlier this year, where local people are reaping the benefits and I’m looking forward to seeing the same access to services in Patchway.”
Teresa Bailey, South Gloucestershire area health manager for North Bristol NHS Trust, added: “The CCHP Partnership (Community Child Health Partnership) which is part of North Bristol NHS Trust is very much looking forward to moving into the Severnvale Hub. We will be bringing a range of services with us including community paediatrics, CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health), physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. We hope that by bringing these services into the community we will be far more accessible than we currently are.”
Also housed on site will be a brand new library, a one stop shop, and a drop-in facility for adults with learning difficulties. The community children’s health disability team will also be based at Severnvale, delivering services across the whole authority.
The building itself will use low and zero carbon technologies to make sure running costs are kept to a minimum and the design of the building is fully accessible for staff and visitors with disabilities.
Work is expected to be completed in time to open in autumn 2011.
Photo (L-R): Chair of NHS South Gloucestershire Melanie Gibbs, Patchway Town Cllr Lew Gray, Severnvale Locality Lead John Skinner, Jack Lopresti MP, Cllr Sheila Cook, unknown#1, unknown#2 and Cllr Brian Hopkinson.
Source: South Gloucestershire Council