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Developing a new health and wellbeing centre in Edenbridge

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Edenbridge NHS Public Event on 7 February at the Eden Centre.

The presentation from the evening and an updated set of Frequently Asked Questions will be available to download from this page shortly.

Another community update event is being planned for April 2020. More details will be published here.

Edenbridge NHS Public Event – 7 February 2020

If you live in and around Edenbridge, you will know about proposals to develop a new health and wellbeing centre for the area.

Edenbridge Medical Practice, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group will be sharing the latest news on the proposed new facility at an event on Friday 7 February 2020, starting at 6.30pm and finishing at 8.30pm, at The Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge, TN8 6BY.

As well as an update on progress on the purchase of the land, the planning application and building design, people attending the event will be able to hear about opportunities to get involved in:

  • choosing a name for the new facility
  • an art project that will be a permanent feature in the new building
  • exploring how local people can help shape the planned memorial garden and green spaces.

If you would like to come along to the event, please register online via Eventbrite (Search on Edenbridge NHS Public Event). If you cannot access Eventbrite, please call 07717 346712 to leave your name and contact telephone number.

Please do let us know at the time of registering, if you have any accessibility requirements and if you are representing an organisation or community group.

Capacity at the venue means seating is limited and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Registration for attending the event closes on 31 January 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Edenbridge are available but please do let us know if you have any further questions about the proposed health and wellbeing centre by emailing  nelcsu.engagementwest@nhs.net putting Edenbridge question in the subject header.

Both event posters and the frequently asked questions can be downloaded from the links on this page. If you require documents in large print, please do contact us via the email address above. 

Due to time constraints, it cannot be guaranteed that your question will be answered during the event, but responses will be included in future updates of the FAQs.

Background

Previously a consultation was undertaken jointly by the NHS organisations that provide health services to Edenbridge: NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), KCHFT and Edenbridge Medical Practice. It ran from 1 February until 26 April 2017. People were consulted on four options, including the preferred option, and were asked whether they agreed and about any problems they could see.

All responses were collated and analysed by the University of Kent.

The key findings of the consultation were:

  • 94 per cent agreed there should be a combined hospital/surgery
  • 79 per cent supported the preferred option of a new building on a new site, with increased day care and no inpatient beds
  • 8 per cent wanted inpatient beds
  • 84 per cent supported building on a new site
  • The top statement people thought was most important to consider when planning future care for the area was reducing travel (68 per cent), followed by designing healthcare to meet changing needs (60 per cent)
  • Bottom priority was protecting the environment by re-using existing space (9 per cent)
  • The top additional services people would like to see in Edenbridge were preventative health checks (39 per cent) and maternity services, antenatal care and post-natal parenting support (37 per cent).

At its meeting on 25 July 2018, NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body agreed to proceed with the preferred option after hearing that:

  • 94 per cent (1,089) of the 1,159 people (1,089) responding to a survey carried out as part of a three-month public consultation backed a combined hospital/surgery
  • 79 per cent (915) supported the preferred option – for services to be provided in a new building, on a new site, with additional day services (such as intravenous drips) and no inpatient beds.