Member of Royal Family to open new Rugby Health and Wellbeing Centre

A photo of the new building taken from Beech Tree Medical Practice's website
A photo of the new building taken from Beech Tree Medical Practice's website

A member of the Royal Family will be opening a new health and wellbeing centre in Rugby next week.

HRH Duke of Gloucester will open the Rugby Health and Wellbeing Centre, in Drover Close, on Wednesday, February 10, at 11am.

Two GP Practices - Market Quarter Medical Practice (Formerly 95 Clifton Road Surgery) and Beech Tree Medical Practice - have relocated from old buildings to share the premises, with an independent pharmacy run by +Well and a council-owned community facility within the building.

The community facility is run by a voluntary organisation.

There is one shared reception area, shared administration offices and shared Minor Surgery suite with state-of-the art full scrub sinks.

The building is a training hub for medical students from Warwick University who will be able to travel by train and walk across a footpath proposed by the council on the development site.

Those behind the centre are establishing close links with Rugby Borough Council, the voluntary sector and the local community.

The new centre will also provide rooms to the organisation Relate for counselling, and to a physiotherapist provided by the local trust, as well as a multi-faith chaplain from UHCW to support patients and staff.

Dr Leach, who runs CHAT, a teenage contraceptive and sexual health service, is the doctor at the Recovery Partnership for drug and alcohol abuse and she is lead doctor for the violent patient scheme for Rugby for which the practice is responsible.

Dr O’Hagan, is clinical lead for partnerships at Rugby Locality of Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group and has supported a proposal by Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action Group have piloted a social prescribing and buddying scheme (Connect Well) to refer patients with social problems to some of the 4,600 voluntary organisations in Warwickshire as well as to statutory services, providing not only help to those referred but training volunteers to help give the experience which could result in employment opportunities.

The buddying scheme will support the most vulnerable in accessing services.

The Local Strategic Partnership of Rugby Borough Council has also offered support in art outreach and a possible edible gardening project in the as yet undeveloped park, which lies adjacent to the surgery.

The building has solar panels to ensure energy efficiency using air flow and self-regulating lights.

There is a patient garden to serve as an outside waiting room for anxious patients.

The building has full disabled access and was designed by a disabled architect.