Residents are being encouraged to take a closer look at plans for a new integrated medical centre (IMC) in Tilbury after Thurrock Council agreed to provide up to £20million to build it.
The Tilbury IMC will bring health and care services to the heart of Tilbury and is one of 4 planned across the borough, along with others in Purfleet, Corringham, and Grays.
The council and its NHS partners are investing in health and care services to make them more accessible, closer to home and ensure they are provided in modern, purpose-built facilities. The centres will also improve access to clinical services currently located at Orsett Hospital.
On 12 September, Thurrock Council's cabinet agreed to fund construction of the IMC in Tilbury, which is planned to be completed by the end of 2021, with a clear plan in place for the other 3.
Residents will now have the opportunity to view initial concept designs and drawings at an engagement event at Tilbury Hub and library on Wednesday 26 September, from 3pm until 6pm. Display boards and feedback forms will remain available at the library until Friday 5 October.
Cllr James Halden, portfolio holder for health, said: "I am delighted funding has now been agreed for the building of a new integrated medical centre in Tilbury.
"This is a big step forward in our plans to bring modern social care, community health, hospital and GP services together under one roof, much closer to the communities of Tilbury and Chadwell.
"The centre will significantly improve the range and quality of health and care services available, and forms a major part of our ambitious proposals for the regeneration of Tilbury Civic Square. I would encourage people to come along to our engagement event and have a closer look at our exciting plans."
Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "Showcasing these early designs in Tilbury allows the public to see first-hand what their new integrated medical centre is likely to look like. Working with our partners at the council, community and health organisations, together with the design team, the plans are really starting to take shape. This will be an exciting development and brings health, care and community services together under one roof."