New state-of-the-art health centre for Worthing takes step forward
Released: Friday, 15 November 2019
A new state-of-the-art health centre in Worthing acting as a one-stop shop for a range of care issues has taken a step closer to reality.
The Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC) will combine doctors, mental health specialists, outpatients, health visitors, chemists and services for families and children. It is to be located on the car park at the back of the Town Hall and would see the existing Central Clinic site demolished to make way for the new facility.
A new multi-storey car park for 186 cars is also to be built next to the new centre. The building project for health centre and car park is to be funded by Worthing Borough Council through borrowing to the tune of £34 million to be recouped through rent and income.
Both the Sussex Community NHS Trust, which provides medical, nursing and therapeutic care, and the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability care, intend to take space in the new centre alongside the leading GP practice, Worthing Medical Group, and pharmacist, Paydens Ltd.
At a meeting of Adur & Worthing Councils Joint Strategic Committee last week, members voted to proceed with a full business case for the WICC and release £600,000 to progress the project to obtain planning permission.
Cllr Val Turner, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:
"It is recognised now that bringing community health services together under one roof improves efficiency and outcomes for users and allows professionals to learn from each other to the benefit of those users.
"This health hub will help deliver new models of care. It is a bold and innovative approach and I’m delighted that Worthing Borough Council is laying the foundation for this brilliant new scheme."
An option that has the new WICC being built fronting Stoke Abbott Road with the car park partially hidden in the middle of the new complex is currently favoured.
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