Have your say on next steps for new health centre
A month of public listening events kicks off this week for people in Edenbridge as the build of the new health centre enters its final phase.
With construction in full swing and the roof about to go on to the building, the full range of proposed services that could be delivered from the centre will be talked through, plus Edenbridge residents are being asked how the community space could be used by community and voluntary groups.
Starting with a public meeting, chaired by Tom Tugendhat MP, at the Eden Centre on Four Elms Road from 10am until 12noon on Saturday, 4 March, there will also be two online listening events on 8 and 17 March, a mini-roadshow around the town and an online survey for people to get involved with and share feedback.
Read the full list of services that could be delivered at Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre:
- Public meeting on Saturday, 4 March at the Eden Centre, 10am to 12noon.
- Online meeting, 6.30 to 8pm, Wednesday, 8 March via Zoom.
- Drop in at the Eden Centre,10am to 12noon and 1 to 3pm, Thursday 9 March.
- Drop in at the Eden Centre,10am to 12noon and 1 to 3pm, Thursday, 16 March.
- Join us on our wellbeing bus in Waitrose car park, between 11am and 4pm on Friday, 17 March.
- Online meeting, 11am to 12.30pm, Friday, 17 March via Zoom.
- Join us on our wellbeing bus in Waitrose car park, between 11am and 4pm on Wednesday, 22 March.
- Click here to have your say in our survey by 31 March.
- Share details of how people can have their say with our Edenbridge postcard.
Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre takes historic step towards completion
Edenbridge is one step closer to having a purpose-built health centre as the final bolt in the steel frame was tightened at an historic topping off ceremony (Thursday, 23 February).
Local people will soon be enjoying the new community hub, a one-stop shop for health and wellbeing services, which is set to complete this autumn.
Mairead McCormick, Chief Executive of KCHFT said: “It’s hard to believe that less than a year ago, we were stood – almost in the same spot – cutting the turf and kicking off the construction of Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre. Now, just nine months later, we are celebrating the final bolt going into the frame as we enter the last phase of the build.”
Plans for the health centre began more than six years ago and Edenbridge residents have been involved in shaping the centre every step of the way, from helping to name the building to influencing the memorial garden.
Mairead said: “With the roof now going on our new centre, it is right that, as we enter the final leg of this project, we finalise the services and explore what else we can provide that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the people of Edenbridge.
“We want a centre that brings people together, creates opportunities and helps people connect to their community and that’s what we want people to help us with now. This venture will be an outstanding example of what we can achieve when health and care partners join together to provide truly integrated support for the people they serve.”
Dr Anna-Louise Malan from Edenbridge Medical Practice said: “The new Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre is getting closer to opening and I am so pleased we will have our new GP surgery as part of the community hub. The new facilities and equipment will allow us to deliver health and wellbeing services in a joined-up way that meets the needs of people living here. The centre will be a shining example of supporting people to manage their long-term conditions, stay well and be part of their community, while delivering quality care, closer to home.”
The Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre will bring together a wide range of health services under one roof and give the people of Edenbridge seamless access to healthcare.
With the area fully prepared, work has officially started with the diggers and contractor team now on site.
The creation of the new health centre in Edenbridge was officially marked with a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony in May 2022.
The NHS, local council and development/construction partners joined together with local people and Tonbridge and Malling MP, Tom Tugendhat, for the ground-breaking ceremony on the site of the £13.5 million development in Four Elms Road, Edenbridge.
Building for the future, the health centre has been designed to be sustainable and fit in with the local environment, including a memorial garden area for conservation and with an emphasis on the health, wellbeing and lifestyle services that will be available under one roof.
Services already planned include a GP practice, outpatient services, minor injury service, therapies and social prescribing.
The development provides a 2,180 square metre of clinical and community space, along with parking and landscaping, with construction due to complete in Autumn 2023.
In 2017, the decision was made by West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (now NHS Kent and Medway) for a new health and wellbeing facility to be built in Edenbridge.
The partners in this project are Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, Edenbridge Medical Practice and NHS Kent and Medway (formerly West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group).
A feasibility study, scoping work and site visits in and around the Edenbridge area resulted in the land east of Bray Road being chosen as the best site for the build.
After discussions with Kent County Council (KCC), KCHFT bought the land. This has been paid for in full and is registered to KCHFT.
Planning permission was granted in February 2020.
KCHFT is aiming for BREAAM Excellence – this is a sustainability assessment method that will look at how sustainable the building is before giving it a rating.
The partners are currently working with the project planners to design the clinical spaces and identify what new equipment needs to be bought.
In August 2021, more than 900 residents voted for the new name for the centre – the final name chosen by the public is Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre.
In November 2021, ground preparation work was done on the site including a wildlife survey; slow worms and common lizards were found and were re-homed to Surrey Wildlife Trust.
- Tender process began in August 2021
- Building contract awarded in Summer 2022
- Building works to start Summer 2022
- Building opens late-Autumn 2023.
If you have any questions the project team would be happy to help, please email email@example.com.
- The people of Edenbridge
- Edenbridge Town Council
- Sevenoaks District Council
- Hever Parish Council
- Edenbridge League of Friends and Edenbridge Volunteer Transport
- The Eden Centre and leisure centre
- Edenbridge Medical Practice and its patient participation group
- NHS Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board
- Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Galliford Try
Watch our Edenbridge event meetings
Two live event meetings took place on Microsoft Teams in January 2021. Watch them here...