THE grand opening of the Clayton Health Centre, the new super GP services for Whitchurch, will be in August 2024 according to stakeholders.

The state-of-the-art health centre, costing £4.6m, is part of the regeneration of Pauls Moss in Whitchurch, and will provide residents of Whitchurch and the surrounding area with access to more health and care services.

The wider Pauls Moss development will offer combined housing and care services for the over 55s, provided by The Wrekin Housing Group.


Residents within the extra care housing will be offered personalised care plans and access to care co-ordinators, so they know what to do and where to get help when they need it.

Dr Nick von Hirschberg, GP Partner at Churchmere Medical Group and clinical director of the North Shropshire Primary Care Network (PCN), admitted his delight in the progress.

He said: “For many years the team at Churchmere and the North Shropshire PCN have strived to provide high quality, sustainable care to our patients despite the huge challenges and demands upon General Practice.

“The new health centre at Pauls Moss will allow us to continue to provide our service from new purpose-built premises, offering scope to provide much more to our patients, depending on local need and appropriate funding.

“This will complement, and certainly not replace, our current service in Ellesmere with the aim to offer equitable care across north-east Shropshire.

“We are excited to see the new building taking shape and for us to settle into a new and more comfortable environment for patients and our dedicated staff.”

There will be 21 clinical rooms within the new centre, an additional 10 rooms to the current provision at the Bridgewater and Claypit Street sites.

GPs and specialised healthcare professionals will be available within the centre, providing care to the practice’s 21,000 patients (14,000 in Whitchurch and 7,000 in Ellesmere).

Nicola Williams, interim associate director of Primary Care at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “On top of a brand-new practice, patients will also be able to access services from both the Whitchurch Community Hospital and the Minor Injury Unit, as well as the community pharmacy provision within the town centre.

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“The project is a brilliant example of partners coming together to provide fully integrated healthcare services and housing for the people of Whitchurch and we can’t wait to see the building in its finished state.”

Councillor Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Adult Social Care, added: “Shropshire Council has invested £3.778 million to develop this state-of-the-art health facility.

“I know it will become a much-valued asset to the people of Whitchurch and the surrounding area and for future generations to come.”