JUST over a year ago I again witnessed with awe, the amazing work of our NHS staff, as our second son was born in Southmead Hospital on Christmas Eve.

Improving the local health services that we all rely on is a top priority for our community, and part of our Positive Plan for South Gloucestershire. Already, we are seeing considerable progress on this part of the plan. The Yate Minor Injuries Unit is now open seven days a week, with extended opening hours, from 8am until 8pm with more X-Ray services. This is hugely valuable for our community, and I will continue to push for a further upgrade to an ‘Urgent Treatment Centre’ in Yate.

We also now have a concrete plan to build a new Frenchay Centre of Rehabilitation Excellence on the old Frenchay Hospital site, which will allow people to move out of Southmead and recover closer to home and their family in the community.

The vital redeveloped Thornbury Health Centre will provide greater primary care and outpatient services, enhanced mental health support, GP services, social care and NHS beds and a proactive ‘frailty hub’ which will focus on the elderly community receiving care in their own homes.

However, we have been waiting for progress for far too long. Therefore, in November, I asked the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock to directly intervene.

In the next few weeks, I will be bringing the Health Minister to South Gloucestershire and chairing a meeting of all the local senior health directors and providers to finally move Thornbury Health Centre forward.

We have a long-term plan for the future of our National Health Service. The Government is building 40 new hospitals over the next 10 years and refurbishing existing hospitals.

I am hugely grateful for your support as we look to deliver these improvements; a new Health Centre at Thornbury, A Frenchay Centre of Rehabilitation Excellence and improvements at Yate with an Urgent Treatment Centre upgrade. Please do keep in touch with your thoughts about this plan for the future of our local health services: luke.hall.mp@parliament.uk.