A healthy city
More than 120 health professionals and local residents came together on 27 November to discuss new ideas for primary health care in Ebbsfleet Garden City.
With up to 15,000 homes being built to accommodate over 33,000 people in the next 15 years, expansion to existing health services and the design of homes, parks and cycling and walkways is crucial to encourage better health throughout the country’s regeneration drive.
Ebbsfleet could provide a new model for future healthcare provision as the largest of 10 nationwide Healthy New Towns designated by NHS England.
Kevin McGeough, director of the Ebbsfleet Garden City Healthy New Towns project said: "This is one of the largest public events we have held to date, which highlights how important health and well-being services are to the local communities.
"We will now work to apply the ideas and suggestions put forward into a credible proposal for a new health and well-being hub to serve the Garden City and surrounding communities."
Representatives from NHS England took part in the event, along with initiative partner Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and visitors from the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group.
The group's new model of local care lead, Dr Liz Lunt, said: "We have been delighted by the enthusiasm that local GPs and stakeholders have to re-think the model of local health and social care and by the focus on wellbeing of the local community.
"We are very excited by the prospect of what can be achieved at Ebbsfleet Garden City and how we can use the lessons learnt to inform delivery across Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley."