The Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre opens this Monday

A new health centre will open on Monday.

The Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre opens houses the Knoll Medical Practice and a range of other community clinics.

Dr Andrew Parson, clinical chairman of NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We have worked long and hard with our partners, patients and staff to make sure that we can offer Orpington residents high quality services from a modern building.

“Patients have told us they want more care delivered from local community facilities and avoid having to go into hospital unless they really need to. The new centre will certainly help us achieve this.”

As well as providing a new home for the Knoll Medical Practice, the Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre, in Brunswick Square, Orpington will provide patients with a range of community services, including outpatient clinics, minor surgery, community clinics and diagnostics.

An MRI scanner will be installed in the centre in February 2020.

Dr Ruchira Paranjape, one of the GP partners at Knoll Medical Practice, said: “Our staff and patients are set to benefit from having modern and fit for purpose premises that will enable us to develop our services further.”

Patients and other partners have been instrumental in developing the Orpington centre.

David Hughes, a resident from Bromley, said: “From the very early days of planning the new centre, the CCG talked to local people to make sure they had a voice in what was provided. I was able to see the drawings and plans for the building and give my views.”

The centre is part of a programme of improvements being made by NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group to enable more care to be delivered in the community and out of hospital, in facilities that are fit for purpose for modern health service delivery.

Plans are currently under way to provide a similar centre in Bromley town centre.

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