Patient views sought on plans to relocate services from Crankhall Lane Medical Centre

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Patients of Crankhall Lane Medical Centre (Dr Rahman’s) in Wednesbury are being invited by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to have their say on proposed improvements which include plans to re-locate the practice into a larger building close by.

The CCG, which plans and buys healthcare services on behalf of the local population, is looking to improve services for their patients. The medical centre has occupied its current location on Crankhall Lane for over 30 years and has served local patients very well in the past. However, the practice continues to grow year on year and the size and age of the building is now presenting some challenges to staff and patients.

Over recent years the practice has looked into different possible sites and alternative premises in the local area but none were suitable or available. Now, a potential building on Friar Park Road next to the Millennium Centre has been identified as a possible solution.

Patients of the practice are invited to attend a consultation meeting which is being held to discuss the proposed plans, hear patients’ views and to listen to their questions, concerns or any suggestions that they may have. The meeting will be held on:

Patients who would like to attend the open meeting should call 0121 612 1447 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any patients who are not available on either of the dates and want to get involved, can contact the Engagement team on 0121 612 1447 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additionally a questionnaire can be completed online via https://sandwellandwestbhamccg.nhs.uk/consultations or a paper copy can be requested from the Engagement team.

The closing date for this consultation is 7th March 2019.

Dr Nick Harding, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:

“The views of patients at Crankhall Lane Medical Centre are really important, and we need to take them into consideration before deciding whether or not to go ahead with the proposed improvements to the practice. We do hope that local people will take this opportunity to have their say and attend one of the meetings.

“The new potential site would give the practice the opportunity to offer more services, better facilities, better access, and better on street parking. For most patients the site is within a walkable distance from the current location, well served by public transport and would include some car parking facilities. The NHS is also changing, and requires modern, larger buildings from which a wider range of services can be delivered.”