MP Luke Hall has challenged the Health Minister for an update on a funding bid for Thornbury Health Centre.

Mr Hall, the MP for Yate and Thornbury has continued his campaign to raise funds for the redevelopment of the health centre by calling on the Minister of State for Health, for an update on his bid for Government support.

The bid, which was submitted via the Wave 4 Capital Pot, follows renewed guidance and support from NHS England, as instructed by the previous Secretary of State for Health. 

Seeking over £13m of funding, the bid will enable South Gloucestershire Council to proceed with the redevelopment of Thornbury’s central health services, which will offer more GP services, integrated mental health support, and the provision of outpatient care.

Having purchased the former Hospital site from North Bristol NHS Trust, South Gloucestershire Council now await the outcome of the bid which will build upon the work already being done to improve community care, including the 70 new Extra Care housing units which has been confirmed for the site.

In his meeting with the Minister of State for Health, Edward Argar MP, Mr Hall put forward the merits of the bid, and received assurances from the Minister that the outcome could be expected by Autumn.

Mr Hall said: "Our bid for funding, in order to deliver this vital upgrade, is continuing to receive attention, as we make progress with our campaign. There have been too many false starts in the past, and I will be pressing for Government support to secure this redevelopment for the community.”

Responding to Luke’s question in Parliament, Minister of State for Health Edward Argar MP said: “Luke is a strong champion of his constituents and has met me on a number of occasions arguing the merits of the Thornbury Health Centre.”

The Minister expanded by stating the Government, through local systems, will consider the projects most suitable for investment, due to further funding being made available.