A new purpose-built primary care health and wellbeing centre has opened its doors today (22 February) in Royal Docks.
Pontoon Dock is the first of many projects planned by the ground-breaking Health and Care Space Newham initiative, which is set to transform and improve access to health facilities for people across the borough.
The new centre will be home to the former Britannia Village practice and will provide care for its existing patients as well as being set up to cater for the 17,000+ people due to move into the area over the coming years. E16 Health-Pontoon Dock, run by AT Medics, will be a sister practice to the E16 Health-Albert Road practice.
The facility provides 14 consulting/ treatment/ training rooms, a phlebotomy room and a large group therapy room, which will allow the practice to offer a range of enhanced services to address the health needs of all its patients, including local authority and specialist services. It will also become a training site for a range of clinicians.
Dr Muneeb Choudhry, AT Medics GP Director and Founder, said: “Throughout the transition from the Britannia Village practice, to Albert Road and now to Pontoon Dock, our focus has been on delivering high-quality patient care – this is what every patient deserves, and it is the foundation of our organisational ethos.
“As we move our practice to the new facility at Pontoon Dock, this will support us in the delivery of quality care as well as providing a facility where we can support the development of the new GPs who will care for those expected into the area over the coming years.”
The development was possible thanks to the Health and Care Space Newham joint venture – a partnership between the London Borough of Newham and East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) that funds new health and social care facilities in the borough for GPs, community, mental health, social care and or specialist healthcare providers.
This partnership is set to support the provision of high quality healthcare services across Newham by investing in modern, high spec facilities that provide much-needed investment, while being designed to meet future demand.
Paul Calaminus, Interim CEO at ELFT, said: “ELFT is delighted to be part of this unique collaboration with Newham Council and NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group.
“The layout and design of the Pontoon Dock primary care and wellbeing centre places an emphasis on collaborative working. By bringing primary care, community health and social care services alongside GP services, we are ensuring that all services work together to provide the best care possible.
“The future of healthcare is one where investment into facilities does more than provide a building but actively contributes to healthier communities. We are excited about this and future plans to work with our communities to design wellbeing centres that support a brighter, healthier future.”
Councillor Zulfiqar Ali, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care at Newham Council, said: “We are delighted that Pontoon Dock Health Centre has opened. It will provide support to existing residents as well as to people moving into the exciting new developments planned in the nearby area.
“This is a fantastic new development that will improve access to health and care services for local residents. It’s also good news for local health services generally, helping us to achieve our aims of better integrated services, improved outcomes and a better patient experience”
Jonathan MacDonald, Managing Director of HCSN, comments: “Delivering during a pandemic has obviously been challenging but I am delighted we are opening our first health centre at Pontoon Dock. Hard work across the healthcare partnership has come to fruition for the benefit of patients and staff.”