Offers 69 clinical rooms
Allows integration of health & social care
Allows for use by other clinicians and network partners
Improved build environment for patients and staff
Accessible by several modes of transport
The new Bicester Health and Wellbeing Hub will comprise of Montgomery-House Surgery and the Alchester Medical Group.
The Alchester Medical Group is made up of the Victoria House Surgery, Langford Surgery and Ambrosden Surgery.
The new Bicester Health Hub will be situated at Graven Hill. The site has been found to best meet the criteria for the planned new future hub in Bicester.
To accommodate this size of building with appropriate car parking, a site of 2.5 acres was required. This was taken into account in selecting the preferred site for the new development. The design for the new hub is for a three-storey building of 3,350m2 (3,200m2 plus a 150m2 pharmacy) with 223 car parking spaces.
The centre is designed to accommodate a later extension of c.500m2 , if required, to be able to cater for longer term population growth.
Bicester needs to expand its healthcare provision as existing space is limited, and the aging population is putting more demands on services. Under the already agreed housing growth projections, the population is due to increase by over 20,000 over the next 10 years. The changes announced provide a brand new healthcare hub and a model of healthcare provision that will be sufficient for 20 or 30 years. The new Surgery will be designed to accommodate 50,000 patients with the ability to expand to 60,000.
It is essential to be able to keep any patients with suspected or possible Covid-19 separated from those who are Covid free and probably non-Covid.
The new building is designed to incorporate the ability for it to be divided cleanly into sections to enable groups of patients, as well as the staff groups looking after them, to be kept apart. The different sections would have separate entrances and exits and of course appropriate clinical as well as non-clinical facilities.
The scheme accommodates the longer-term impact of the Coronavirus lock-down on primary care in terms of re-evaluating how patient contact is managed and the increased use of e-consulting rooms, patient segregation and hot-and-cold assessments.
A GP same-day care suite is also included in the specification. This GP same-day care suite of rooms will lend itself to being able to isolate patients in any future pandemic event. This will help provide future-proofing and resilience for the practices and any other providers using the building.
While the current pandemic will pass, we are going to have to learn to live with the threat of Covid-19 and similar viruses. The practices are excited to be able to take this opportunity to ensure primary care in Bicester is as well prepared as possible for whatever the future holds and to provide the best facilities for their patients.
No – this is not a merger. Both practices will be expanding their work and the number of patients they can serve. We will work as two practices on one larger site, but have the advantage of being able to work closely together to develop expertise and share allied health resources.
Transportation and Accessibility to the Centre – Travel Plan
Prior to the public opening the development team has made a commitment to form a Travel Plan.
The aim of a Travel Plan is to reduce the impact of travel on the environment by reducing the amount of single-occupancy car journeys that are made. Travel Plans can also help to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, improve local air quality, minimise health risks and reduce congestion.
It is important to highlight that Travel Plans are about encouraging people to use a mix of different modes of transport to undertake their everyday journeys.
Patients are encouraged to visit their GP’s even when not ill to discuss health and wellbeing issues. Also, social prescribing suggests exercise is beneficial for many conditions and actively improves mental health. That is why different modes of transport for all patient abilities is important to plan at this stage.
The entrance to the Graven Hill site as a whole has good levels of facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, including a pelican crossing at the entrance, opening up the site to wider connections. Future development will continue these good conditions throughout the site and specifically to the Health Care Hub.
Surrounding the site there are good levels of facilities for pedestrians, as the site is located to the south of Bicester town centre. The surrounding footways along roads such as the B4100 London Road, A4421 Neunkirchen Way and A41 are of good condition for pedestrians and cyclists. The footways measure 2m or over, are well lit with street lighting and safe crossings are available around the roundabout to gain access to the footways.
There is a good level of provision for cyclists in the vicinity of the Hub and throughout Bicester. This includes an extensive network of high quality shared and segregated footways/cycleways along Wretchwick Way and London Road. The A4421 Seelscheid Way/Wretchwick Way is lit and has shared footways/cycleways on the western side of the road just north of the site.
Cherwell District Council has three key walking and cycling health routes located within Bicester. The Bronze Route is a circular route from the town centre around the north of Bicester, while the Silver Route passes around south west Bicester. The Gold Route also covers the north of Bicester. With these routes being available for all abilities it shows that cycling is encouraged in Bicester as a safe way to get around town.
With the location of the Health Care Hub being on the pedestrian and cycle friendly Graven Hill development, there is an opportunity to encourage more cycling trips into and out of Bicester. The new design of the A41 roundabout at the southern entrance to the Wretchwick Green development has also been designed for ease of cyclists and pedestrians crossing between there and the Graven Hill development. It is anticipated that the majority of patients from the Graven Hill development will not use a car to access the Health Hub but will choose an alternative form of transport, with cycling being highly regarded.
The new development will have ample and well monitored cycle parking provision.
The nearest bus stops to the site are presently located on B4100 London Road. The services that are available from these stops are the following: 18, 27, 29, H5 and S5. Services 29, H5 and S5 also serve the Graven Hill site at the Fountain Square bus stop.
While we encourage the use of alternative as sustainable modes of transport it is important to note that there will be over 140 patient car parking spaces at the new development. This will include 20 spaces dedicated for electric or plug in hybrid vehicles.
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