Government plans to reopen Mangrove Bay health centre
There are plans to revitalise and reopen a West End clinic that was shuttered five years ago.
According to a recent planning application, the Government intends to expand the former Somerset Health Centre at the Mangrove Bay Post Office - a Grade 3 listed building - and bring it back into operation.
The application said: “The building is owned by the Government and has previously been used to deliver vital health services to the local community in the West End of the island.
“The clinic has been closed since 2017 and the Government wishes to refurbish and extend the building to provide modernised and expanded services to improve health outcomes in the community.”
The application said that the location was ideal for such a service because it was located on the main road and on bus routes.
It added that the site would also be useful for healthcare workers in the West End.
“The location will provide an office hub for health workers in this community to complete their administrative work, providing improved and efficient work practices,” the application said.
The project would involve the removal of much of the interior of the existing building, along with trees and shrubs at the north-eastern corner of the site, along with the construction of an extension over an existing courtyard.
The extension would be used to house a reception and waiting area for the dental, medical and mental health offices inside.
The eastern portion of the site, which houses the post office, would not be altered.
The Government also recently published a request for quotation for “medical furniture furnishings and equipment goods and services” for the facility.
The submission deadline for the RFQ is 3pm on August 10.