This week it was announced that at last, there is a clear and funded plan for an Urgent Care Centre for Devizes. When it opens, the Centre will offer treatment for minor injuries as well as a host of other services. The new Centre will be located in Marshall Road next to the Devizes Treatment Centre and there will be great opportunities to share resources such as X-ray services.
The Devizes area GPs, led by Dr. Richard Sandford-Hill and the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group have done an amazing job in developing the plans for the centre, and cross-party local support and the involvement of the Devizes Area Board has been key in keeping everyone focused on local healthcare needs.
“Even before I was elected in 2010 it was clear that the people of the Devizes Constituency had been totally short-changed by the decision of the former Primary Care Trust, to close all local minor injuries units and not deliver on a promise to build a new facility in Devizes.
As I pledged in my first ever debate in the House of Commons on July 15th 2010, restoring these local health services and especially delivering a Primary Care Centre for Devizes has been my top local campaigning priority.
Since then I been working with local hospitals, the new GP-led Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Devizes area GPs, Wiltshire Council, the Department of Health and dozens of local residents to deliver on this promise. At last the people of Devizes will have the local healthcare services that they need”