NHS Somerset makes decision on a new Health and Wellbeing Hub in Bridgwater

Local Bridgwater residents will have access to a new health and wellbeing hub which is to replace Victoria Park Medical Centre, the hub will provide a range of services, including support for children and young families as well as older people.

In August 2021, the difficult decision was made to close Victoria Park Medical Centre in Bridgwater due to clinical staffing shortages. While NHS Somerset worked collaboratively with practice staff to find a solution it was not possible to find a way to provide a clinically safe service at the practice and patients were supported to re-register at other local practices in the area.

To ensure the health needs of the local population was met, NHS Somerset set up a programme of work with the aim of considering the best model of care that should operate from the premises in the future.

The programme included representatives from Victoria Park Community Centre, the District Council, Healthwatch, local health and care providers and NHS Somerset, with support from NHS South Central and West Commissioning Support Unit.

Michael Bainbridge, from NHS Somerset said, “Extensive public and stakeholder engagement was carried out to seek feedback and listen to local people and communities about what the potential futures options for the site could be. The development of a health and wellbeing hub will provide a holistic approach to addressing the health and care needs of the local community.”