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November brings a new beginning for healthcare in Brackley, with the planned opening of the new state-of-the art medical centre and community hospital.

It has been quite a journey since our Chief Executive Angela Hillery joined the Rt Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP, Dr Philip Stevens (GP Partner) amongst others to officially launch construction of the new medical centre and community hospital in January 2019. Despite challenges including a global pandemic (which saw the floor which was created for the centre diverted to the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London) the construction team has delivered a fantastic new facility and we are now in the final stage of preparing the building ahead of opening.

The facility will become a hub for healthcare in the south of our county, enabling an expanded range of services and care for the people of Brackley and neighbouring villages in South Northants and on the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire borders.

For our part, NHFT will be providing services including community hospital inpatient beds, podiatry, speech and language therapy, health visitor clinics, diabetic retinal screening, mental health IAPT, young person wellbeing groups, sexual health clinics as well as providing a base for our community nursing team and 0-19 team in the area. Some of our services will be part of the centre at the time of opening, while others will follow at a later stage.

We are looking for some outstanding nurses to join the community hospital inpatient beds team. This is a fantastic opportunity for band 5 staff nurses to be part of a new team and a new service - you can find out more by clicking here.

NHFT services will be joined by services from our partners including GP services, a dedicated urgent care unit, pharmacy, X-ray, physiotherapy and more. The development has a been true collaboration and partnership between organisations including local GPs, NHFT, NHS Northamptonshire CCG, Northampton General Hospital, Oxford University Hospital amongst others. We are delighted we were able to play a role in bringing this development to fruition.

A group of us from team NHFT recently visited the facility; you can see some of our pictures from our visit below. It really is an outstanding facility and will enhance the care that we provide. We will update again as we move towards opening with more details and more pictures.

Jean Knight
Chief Operating Officer, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust