After an unavoidable slow start, we have begun the detailed process to develop the Kemble Centre. It all began with the Parish Plan in 2012 where there was strong support for the proposal that Ewyas Harold Group Parish Council should purchase the St John Kemble former Roman Catholic Church on behalf of the community. Further consultation in 2014/15 as part of the Neighbourhood Plan demonstrated a need for a Health and Wellbeing Centre, not only for residents of Ewyas Harold GPC but also neighbouring parishes. A detailed report from the Doctor’s surgery confirmed an urgent need to extend services.
In response to this, the Kemble Centre was purchased in January 2015 by EHGPC with a loan of £60,000 from the Public Works Loan Board, repayments covering both interest and capital. The building is in an ideal position next to the Golden Valley GP surgery, the GPC is working closely with the GPs, the local community, cross sector organisations and Herefordshire Council to develop the site.
More Good News!!!! Awards For All Funding
We were successful in securing funding from Awards for All to carry out a feasibility study, develop a business plan and commission concept plans. Happy to report that at the December GPC meeting Clever Elephant were appointed to carry out the feasibility study and will look at options to demolish and re-build or convert and develop the existing building, a business case will need to be made, including further consultation. Additional car parking for the surgery and the village will be provided. We anticipate receiving Clever Elephant’s reports in early summer 2016.
What are we hoping to see in the new Centre?
The main aim is to promote good health, wellbeing and independence in the community through early intervention and prevention so as to reduce the need for hospital treatment. We anticipate that it will be possible to offer a wider range of primary care services. We expect to see closer integration between GP, social services, health and wellbeing providers and groups, housing, welfare and individual care systems. We hope all sectors will be involved in the Centre to actively promote health and wellbeing of the community and to help everyone maintain good health.
Who is going to be helped by the Centre?
The group parish and Golden Valley Practice has more than 6000 patients spread over 12 Parish and Community Councils: Abbey Dore and Bacton, Dorstone, Ewyas Harold, Garway, Kentchurch, Kilpeck Group, Longtown Group, Orcop, Peterchurch, Vowchurch and District; and two Community Councils: Grosmont, Crucorney.
We hope all will feel the benefit of this exciting project.
For more information please contact Carla Boyles, Clerk to Ewyas Harold GPC.