A new health and wellbeing hub
We are planning to develop a new health and wellbeing hub to serve the people of Mitcham and the surrounding areas. It will be home to a range of difference services, but also connect people by signposting them to other sources of support across Merton.
We want to deliver care in a different way for local residents. We know people in the East of Merton, in areas like Mitcham and Morden, experience unacceptable health inequalities compared to other parts of the boroughs.
People’s health can be affected by more than just how they’re feeling physically – other things like whether they have money troubles or if they live alone have a huge impact. That’s why we’re focusing on creating a new health and wellbeing hub – not just a building where people go to when they’re ill, but somewhere to help the community connect and stay healthy.
This work had to be paused in 2019 due to funding issues when the national LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) scheme came to an end. We now think we have identified enough potential funding through various sources to enable us to move forward.
A lot has changed since the building part of programme had to be paused – because of the pandemic, but also new ways of working in the NHS and changes to the way we use our buildings and spaces. As part of our due diligence for the programme we continue to review all available suitable sites in Mitcham. At this stage, the Wilson hospital site is still the NHS preferred place for the new hub because it offers lots of advantages.
The Programme Board has now been re-established and will meet monthly – the agendas, final approved minutes and key final documents will be published below.
We’ve been clear all along we didn’t have to wait for a new building to make new services available for local people.
We want the community to take the lead on making decisions about which wellbeing services and activities would help people, as well making sure we make the best use of all available resources and avoid any potential for duplication. A Wellbeing Steering Group made up of representatives from the community has been set up to lead on this process.
The NHS took extraordinary steps to create facilities on the Wilson site which could be used as a vaccination centre. This was an acceleration of work already in train to create space the community can use for wellbeing services and activities. An alternative space for wellbeing services at the Wilson has now been identified and the community garden is now open.
This is a joint programme of work between NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Merton Council, Merton Connected, NHS Property Services, local NHS providers and residents.