Plans for a new health and wellbeing centre for Teignmouth have come a step closer thanks to joint work on the project by the NHS and a local council.
At a meeting on 28 April, Teignbridge District Councillors approved the sale of prime town centre land in Teignmouth’s Brunswick Street to Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, as the site for a new Health and Wellbeing Centre for the town and surrounding area.
The NHS had previously submitted a planning application for a Health and Wellbeing centre on a different part of the same regeneration site on Brunswick Street. The revised plot allows for a better layout of the new Health and Wellbeing facility for the town and a planning application is due to be submitted.
The site at Brunswick Street has been identified as one of the main areas for regeneration in the town.
Cllr Richard Keeling, Executive Member for Property and Assets, said: “This has been a positive collaboration with the NHS to provide a modern and accessible healthcare hub in the centre of a flourishing seaside town.”
Liz Davenport Chief Executive for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust said “We are really pleased to be working with the Council on the delivery of a new Health and Wellbeing Centre for Teignmouth. The purchase of this site by the NHS is an important step forward in this development. This town centre location means, that subject to planning permission, the NHS can build an accessible, new Health and Wellbeing Centre that will bring together a broad range of health and wellbeing services in one place, including GPs. We know that car parking is a particular concern for local people and this has been clearly recognised in the proposal.”
Dr Carlie Karakusevic, a partner at Channel View Medical Group, said: “The new centre will play a key role in safeguarding the future of GP care in Teignmouth. We can see real benefits to patient care, as services are in one place and staff from different organisations and different disciplines can work together as one team to provide proper joined-up care for local people.”
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