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Scott Arms Medical Centre

In October 2017 it was announced that  plans to merge three Great Barr doctors’ surgeries into a new state-of-the-art health centre have been given the green light. The new centre, which includes a doctor’s surgery and a pharmacy, is on the site of the former Queslade House in Queslade Close, Whitecrest.

In February 2020 Great Barr GPs and patients celebrated the completion of structural work on the brand-new medical centre with a traditional gift for the building.  A potted tree was presented to GPs from the three practices – which will be merging and moving into the purpose-built facility on the corner of Queslett Road and Whitecrest later this year – in keeping with the tradition of ‘topping out’.

The three GP practices currently operate out of separate, small premises within a few hundred yards of each other and none of the buildings are fit for the future. The practices are adapting to continue to meet NHS policies and will be merging to form Scott Arms Medical Group, combining services in the new building – meaning additional resources and services can be offered to all patients.

The environmentally-friendly new premises will include 12 specialist, multi-use GP consulting rooms, four nurse treatment rooms, a health promotion facility and first-rate facilities for reception and administration staff, making it a great environment for patients and boosting local health outcomes.

The building, which will also have an onsite pharmacy and osteopath, is scheduled to open in 2020 for its 11,500 patients and is a priority project for NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG.

Dr Priyanand Hallan, premises project lead and GP at Park House Surgery said: “It’s been brilliant coming to the site and having a look round the building for the first time. It looks like it’s going to be a very good building that will serve the people of Great Barr and meet their health and wellbeing needs. It’s been a gargantuan effort by everyone involved – the GPs, the CCG, Medcentres and Assura – to get this project off the ground, and will be a great addition to Great Barr.”

Representatives from each of the three practices (Park House Surgery, 33 Newton Road and Sundial Lane), development company MedCentres, contractor HCC and primary care property specialist Assura, which is funding the project, attended an event to tour the structure of the new building and celebrate the hard work that has taken place to date.

Scott Arms Medical Centre Construction (Assura 2020)

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