St Charles Health and Wellbeing Centre goes green
15 May 2013
Despite a forecast of showers and downcast weather, NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group, and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea successfully launched the St Charles Health and Wellbeing Health Centre’s new community gardens – a gardening project, which involved residents, patients and local organisations to grow their own fruit, vegetables and plants.
The event proceeded with Dr Fiona Butler WLCCG GP and Vice Chair, congratulating all those involved on the success of the project, particularly as the site is located so centrally in London, where outdoor space is very limited. The opportunity for local residents to enjoy gardening and its therapeutic properties is often restricted. She commented: I am delighted that West London CCG is committed to continue the development of St Charles as a community health centre. These gardens are marvellous haven in the area where many people lack their own garden space.”
Visitors were encouraged to join in the green fingers theme by turning their hand at flower pot painting and planting, as well as make pots to attract bugs to the garden. Adults and children alike got involved many of whom, left the day having learnt some tasty seed to plate recipes.
Under the newly formed West London Clinical Commissioning Group, St Charles Health and Wellbeing Centre is undergoing a phased development programme which will provide local residents and patients with a comprehensive healthcare centre where many of their health needs will be met under one roof. The Clinical Commissioning Group is mainly made up of GPs who are now responsible for the commissioning of services which include Hospital Trusts, Mental and Community Health Trusts and community organisations in Kensington and Chelsea. GPs are often in a position to truly understand the needs of their patients and working in this way will secure better healthcare outcomes.
Carolyn Regan, Managing Director of West London Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I am very pleased that the CCG can demonstrate its practical commitment to working with local groups and residents to improve health and wellbeing. The gardens are a much needed resource which is already well used.”
For further information about the day please contact
West London Clinical Commissioning Group
020 3 350 43 56
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
020 7341 5684
CCG Press Office
T: 020 3350 4224