Melbourn Hub Health Initiative…

Doctors, health practitioners and community support services came together at Melbourn Hub at the end of June for the highly successful launch of the new Health at the Hub project. 

The initiative, bringing services out of GP surgeries and into a community setting, is a partnership with Meridian Primary Care Network (PCN) and is the first of its kind in South Cambs. Services include help with anxiety, coping with the pressures of being a carer, giving up smoking, healthier eating and the menopause, among many other aspects of general wellbeing. 

GPs from Melbourn, Bourn and Roysia were on hand, along with a care team covering the six doctors’ surgeries that make up Meridian PCN.

Organisations at the launch included Mind CPSL, South Cambs District Council Health Services,  HomeStart, the Mobile Warden Scheme, Community Support for Dementia, Community Transport and Age UK.   

Free health checks were on offer, the NHS Covid vaccination bus promoted their tour service and The Hub’s library had a range of health and well-being books on show.  

Among those visiting were South Cambs District Council leader Bridget Smith, Bill Handley, South Cambs lead cabinet member for Communities, and Jan Thomas, CEO for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Integrated Care Board. Jan said afterward: “Thank you and congratulations to all who have worked so hard for Health at The Hub. It’s a great example of a community space designed for local people by local people. We look forward to learning from the team and ensuring we can support others to create similar excellent local support.”  

Meridian will now be offering their services at The Hub with a walk-in advice/information session open to all, every Monday between 10am and 11.30am.  

Pictured, from left, are: Dr Vanessa Lockyer – lead GP Bourn Surgery, Jan Thomas – CEO of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Integrated Care Board (ICB), Will Bailey – CEO Meridian Primary Care Network (PCN), Cllr Susan van de Ven – County and District Councillor, Cllr Bridget Smith – Leader of SCDC, Cllr Bill Handley – Lead cabinet member for communities, Cllr Jose Hales – District Councillor, Cllr Sally-Ann Hart – District Councillor