Pupil Check Out New Local Care Centre

School will work closely with new service

Young Ambassadors from Merton Park's Rutlish School recently visited the site of the new Nelson Local Care Centre.

Representatives from contractor Rydon welcomed the twelve Rutlish students to the project, which opens in spring 2015.

The school representatives were given a tour of the site and explanations about what services the facility will deliver.

Rutlish School will now work closely with Rydon and hope to build a strong relationship as they embark on this new and exciting project.

This will include student initiatives such as taster sessions for students interested in construction, student competitions with links to Art and Maths and additional group tours.

The Nelson will be a modern NHS healthcare facility purpose built to deliver more services in the community so that more patients can be seen, diagnosed and treated closer to home.

It will provide GP services, outpatient appointments, therapy services, services for older people, minor surgery and procedures, x-ray, ultrasound, blood tests and community mental health services.

NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for the planning and buying of the clinical services that will be provided to the community through the facility.

David Grant, Deputy Head of Rutlish School, said: "Rutlish has a thriving sixth form with Ricards Lodge through the RR6 Wimbledon Consortium and we plan to have many successful students pursuing a career related to medicine. The Nelson can play an important part in making this a reality by inspiring our young people.£

Sue Howson, Programme Director for Merton's Better Healthcare Closer to Home initiative leading on the Nelson, also commented: "We are delighted that Rutlish School and Rydon have developed this very positive relationship. It is important to create further links with the community as the Nelson scheme progresses. It will be a place for local people to be seen, diagnosed and treated in a modern healthcare facility. It will also be a focal point where community groups can come together to meet, discuss and plan the future of local healthcare."

External building work was recently completed on the facility. The next stages of the project include finalising the healthcare service providers who will operate in the centre and finishing interior construction.

For more information on the project visit http://www.mertonccg.nhs.uk.

July 26, 2014