July 2020 - Progress on the Farnborough Centre for Health project

Whilst many projects have been impacted by Covid-19 we are really pleased to be able to share with you a progress update from one of our key projects which has been able to be safely progressed. Construction work started at Farnborough Centre for Health on 20 April 2020 and work is expected to be completed at the end of August 2020.

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Construction team appointed

The NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been working with Rushmoor Borough Council to provide a much needed new facility for health services at Voyager House in Farnborough.

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Voyager Health Patient Participation Group visits building

Voyager Family Health Patient Participation Group (PPG) met on 29 August 2019 at the new Farnborough Centre for Health to see their GP practice's future premises for themselves.

The PPG members were given a tour of the building and were impressed by the space available. They was updated on progress of the planned conversion of the building and they were able to ask questions and comment on designs.

The group voiced their concerns regarding public transport and signage, and were reassured that the CCG is working on a solution to improve public transport and is also discussing with the designers the need for signage that is appropriate for people with dementia and/or visual impairment.

Once the refurbishment has been completed, PPG members will be invited back to see how the building has been transformed.

To see information shared with the PPG, click here.

Disability charity group views future Farnborough Centre for Health

A group of students and their key workers from a specialist disability charity have visited the future Farnborough Centre for Health to see for themselves how the building will be designed to meet their specific accessibility needs.

Parity for Disability is a charity that provides vital services for children and adults with multiple disabilities, their families and carers.

The group discussed some of the issues they currently experience accessing healthcare and they made suggestions and recommendations for products that can help. They were pleased to see that the building will include a consulting room equipped with a hoist and a therapy bed, and they discussed accessibility around lifts, toilets and parking spaces.

Helene Abbiss, Community Support Director for Parity, said: “It’s really good for some of our students and staff to come and have a look. People with multiple disabilities need to be involved so that they can have the same health opportunities as everyone else.”

Farnborough residents flood to see future Centre for Health

Farnborough residents turned out in huge numbers for the chance to visit the town’s future Centre for Health and learn about the services that will be based there.

Over 500 people came to the building, in Apollo Rise, to view displays and speak with representatives from organisations concerned. Their comments and feedback will be used to help shape services and access to them.

As well as North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), there were GPs and other healthcare professionals, architects, medical equipment fitters and representatives from bus operator Stagecoach, to address travel links.

The building was bought by Rushmoor Borough Council on the CCG’s behalf earlier this year and refitting is due to begin in the early autumn, with a view to opening next summer. It will house one of Farnborough’s GP practices - Voyager Family Health - as well as other services that will support the broader Farnborough population, such as the Integrated Care Team, midwives and Talking Therapies.

You can have a virtual walkthrough of the building through the below video. For still images and floor layout of the building, click here.

Frequently asked questions about Farnborough Centre for Health.

A patient leaflet.

A briefing paper about the Farnborough locality.

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