Patients registered with the Alma Medical Centre in Bournemouth are set to benefit from a refurbishment of the practice over the coming months.

The work will take place between 13 September and 1 October when it will open with a new name – Winton Health Centre.

During the refurbishment work, patients will be offered appointments at neighbouring Network practices (Westbourne Medical Centre, Denmark Road Medical Centre and Leybourne Surgery) – with transport provided should there be a medical need. Appointments can be booked using the existing Alma Medical Centre phone number and online services.

The refurbishment period provides an opportunity for staff to undergo training in a number of areas including Care Navigation which will help patients receive the most appropriate support and help make the care from the GPs more effective.

All patients will receive written advice beforehand explaining how to ensure they can receive primary care services during the refurbishment and information will also be available to pick up in the practice.

Dr Stephen Morgan, the Clinical Director of Poole Bay and Bournemouth Primary Care Network, is keen to provide assurance regarding changes at Alma Medical Centre. He said “We want to be absolutely clear that the practice is not closing or moving.

Over the past few years, Alma Medical Centre has not received the investment it needed to provide a pleasant environment for patients that supports good care. This refurbishment means we can re-open on 01 October with a new look to give patients of the practice a much better experience.

We have also looked closely at staffing requirements and are pleased to say we will have new clinical team with a dedicated senior GP to lead to practice, along with a supporting clinical team and non-clinical staff which means we are no longer relying on temporary cover which has been necessary in the past.

We recognise that there may be some inconvenience for a couple of weeks, however this is a really positive step for patients and the local community, and we ask them to bear with us whilst the work is completed.”

Winton Health Centre (currently known as Alma Medical Centre) will be run by the Winton Health Centre partnership and will be part of the Poole Bay and Bournemouth Primary Care Network along with

  • Denmark Road Medical Centre
  • Leybourne Surgery
  • Westbourne Medical Centre