Former NHS walk-in centre given new look as 'healthy living' base
THE former Knowle West NHS walk-in centre has been given a new lease of life.
Community physiotherapy has moved into a new home in the building in the Knowle West Health Park.
And with the addition of the new health services the building has been given a new name – the South Bristol Healthy Living Centre.
It brings physiotherapy, the Knowle West Sexual health Clinic, drug and alcohol management, stop-smoking services, the out of hours GP service and sexual health screening under one roof.
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The minor injuries and illnesses walk-in service moved to South Bristol Community Hospital in March. Bristol General closed at the same time making way for the community physiotherapy team to move into the space used as an NHS walk-in centre for 12 years.
A fully-equipped gym has been set up for the physiotherapy team as well as consulting rooms and the team is hoping to use the space for classes, including core stability.
It will be used by people who have had hip or knee replacements and back, neck and shoulder pain.
Jeanette Hall, physiotherapy manager for Bristol Community Health, which runs the service, said: "People have been talking about having physiotherapy here for a long time but the building wasn't fit for purpose.
"Three small rooms have been converted into the gym space.
"Renaming the building as the Healthy Living Centre because physiotherapy is about patients being able to maximise function and their ability to maintain their daily life. It is much more conducive to rehabilitation than a hospital setting and that is really quite important because when people are in a hospital setting they start to become quite passive.
"This is about moving them from illness and pain into functional ability and improved functional ability and being able to get on with their life."
Claire Turner, physiotherapy team leader, said: "At the General we had a shared gym so we were unable to run classes when we wanted.
"Now we can trial them and receive different referrals.
"If we weren't here people would have to travel to the BRI.
"We have got access to the local gyms here as well where we can refer people for discounted rates for 12 sessions."
Chief executive of the Knowle West Health Park company, Vicki Morris, said: "The walk-in centre has moved out and physiotherapy has moved in and we are delighted to have them.
"We are celebrating ten years of the healthy living centre, which was within the walk-in centre. This is about improving health and wellbeing here in the community of south Bristol.
"One of the most interesting things about physiotherapy coming in is that I went around to a lot of people in the community and asked what services they wanted in Knowle West and that is the one thing they wanted and we are really delighted they are here."
Events are being held at the health park tomorrow and Saturday for children and families to enjoy. Schoolchildren will be taught about the Olympics tomorrow and stalls will be set up at the park the following day.
The urgent care centre at South Bristol Community Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm every day.