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Government invests £132m in new supersurgeries

The government has today unveiled a £132m wave of community hospitals and supersurgeries.

Facilities are to be built in towns and cities across the country in order to provide NHS patients with better primary care services and more minor operations, tests and follow-up care outside of large hospitals.

A new health centre in Hartlepool is to house GP services and a walk-in service for patients with minor injuries and illnesses.

The facilities across the country are to offer a wide range of integrated primary care and community services to match the needs of local patients.

Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said: "Community hospitals are an important part of the NHS.

"These schemes worth £132m in total will be welcome news to local communities and offer local people a variety of important services.

"We are not just building like-for-like replacements of existing buildings, we are rethinking the way the NHS provides care so that patients receive better, more convenient services."

Department of Health