Integrated Health and Care Hub
Dunstable Integrated Health and Care Hub
Demand for health and care services is increasing, as a result of our ageing and growing population, with many more people now living with long-term conditions such as heart disease and diabetes and requiring additional support from local services.
It is important that we plan to meet these demands now and for the future. Health and care services need to work together in partnership to meet the needs of local people, with a focus on helping people to access a wider range of services in their local communities to support their wellbeing.
Our approach to delivering this vision is through more joined-up working across services, with integrated health and care Hubs as a focal point for people accessing health and wellbeing services. People will be able to receive assessment, treatment and a wide range of support all in one place.
On the 17 May we welcomed the commencement of construction work on the Dunstable Integrated Health and Care Hub which is great news for the residents and patients of Dunstable and the surrounding area. The hub is an essential part of our ambition to deliver high quality healthcare services giving patients access to primary care, community services and mental health services delivered in an integrated way.
The Hub which is a joint project, led by Central Bedfordshire Council, received planning approval in 2020 and will be developed alongside new residential accommodation for older people.
Priory Gardens Surgery, Dunstable, plan to relocate to the new facility when it opens in 2023. As part of the Chiltern Hills Primary Care network, patients of West Street Surgery and Kirby Road Surgery will have access to the integrated services that will operate from the new Health and Care Hub.
The hub will bring together a mix of health and care professionals in a single location to promote more joined up working between the NHS, the council and voluntary and community sectors.
We are working with Central Bedfordshire Council Bedfordshire, Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Foundation Trusts and Primary Care Networks to achieve this vision for improving the health and wellbeing of our residents, through greater integration and partnership working.
The hub building could host a mixture of the following services:
- GP services, and other medical services
- children’s services
- social care and support
- wellbeing and community mental health
- public health and prevention
- voluntary and carer support
- potentially a pharmacy
- a café
To get a feel for how the integrated health and care hub will look when it’s complete, take a look at this fly-through video: