NHS and community members plan healthcare vision for Ebbsfleet Garden City
PUBLISHED: 12:48 24 November 2017
The garden city has been earmarked as a 'healthy new town' by the NHS
Over 120 health professionals and community representatives came together on Wednesday to plan the future of primary healthcare in Ebbsfleet Garden City.
The garden city, which is set to see 15,000 new homes built, was earmarked as the largest of ten pilot ‘healthy new towns’ by the NHS last year.
Among priorities for the development’s bosses are to reduce obesity in children and young adults, improve access to green space and water and building new homes allowing residents to live independently.
Representatives from NHS England, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, and Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group came together with local health care professionals and the community to explore ways to encourage healthy living in the city and develop a new model of care.
Early ideas that were discussed include a large building with library or gym facilities and internal gardens.
Kevin McGeough, director of the Ebbsfleet Garden City healthy new towns project said: “This is one of the largest public events we have held to date, which highlights how important health and well-being services are to the local communities. We will now work to apply the ideas and suggestions put forward into a credible proposal for a new health and well-being hub to serve the Garden City and surrounding communities.”
Dr Liz Lunt, new model of local care lead at Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We have been delighted by the enthusiasm that local GPs and stakeholders have to re-think the model of local health and social care and by the focus on wellbeing of the local community.
“We are very excited by the prospect of what can be achieved at Ebbsfleet Garden City and how we can use the lessons learnt to inform delivery across Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley.”
A follow up event will be held in spring 2018 to share early thinking on proposals for the development.