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Left to Right: Julia Slingsby, head of transformation in Wiltshire for Virgin Care, Daniel Messom Screening and Immunisation Manager at NHS England, Val Scrase, head of operations (Virgin Care) and Stuart Hall, Director of Wiltshire Parent Carer Council stand in front of the new clinic's reception desk

New clinic dedicated to Wiltshire children’s community services opens

A new specialist clinic designed for use by children and young people across Wiltshire has opened.

The clinic at Hathaway Medical Centre on Middlefield Road in Chippenham will provide a specialist assessment and treatment centre for children and young people who use the Virgin Care-run Wiltshire Children’s Community Service.

Children and young people can be seen for paediatric services, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, health visiting drop-ins and speech and language therapy at the centre.

It will also house audiology services with special hearing test booths available so that children have full privacy when attending their appointment in the fit for purpose building.

As of July, Wiltshire children will no longer need to travel long distances to be seen in specialist clinics in Bath and will be referred to the clinic in Chippenham – helping achieve commissioners’ goals of building a truly Wiltshire-focused service for children and young people.

Val Scrase, Head of Operations for Wiltshire Children’s Community Services, said: “Our new Hathaway clinic will help us to continue to deliver improvements in patient care, joining up services so that we build a truly Wiltshire-focused service, and ensuring every child has the same access regardless of where they live in the county.”

Ted Wilson, Director of Community Services and Joint Commissioning at Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We welcome the opening of this brand new children’s clinic in Chippenham which is part of our commissioning strategy to provide dedicated health services, as locally as possible, for Wiltshire’s children and young people.”

Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We are pleased families no longer need to travel out of county to receive these important services. Having a young family can be busy and hectic at the best of times so we hope this new clinic being closer to home will ease that a little bit and be much more convenient, while providing excellent services.”

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