A SOUTHAMPTON charity is no longer managing a New Forest health centre.

Social Care in Action (SCiA) has announced that it will no longer be managing Fenwick Health and Wellbeing Centre in the New Forest.

SCiA has said that despite its "best efforts" over several years to change the status of ownership of the centre with the NHS, which owns the building, negotiations have proved "unsuccessful".

The NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has said that in light of the situation they are "assessing the needs of the local population". 

They are also working with the tenants to work through future options

Dan Freshwater, CEO at SCiA, said: “It is with great sadness, that our Board of Trustees for the SCiA Group have agreed that it is no longer viable to continue managing Fenwick Health and Wellbeing Centre in Lyndhurst and that it does not fall within SCiA’s future strategy.

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“Any future decisions regarding Fenwick will be made by the owners – the NHS. We are simply handing back responsibility from July 2022.

"However, it gives us no pleasure in saying that we’re very sadly going to have to give our tenants in the building three months’ notice from today to make alternative arrangements or indeed to discuss their ongoing needs with the NHS. Currently, the majority of the occupants are NHS service providers."

SCiA has been managing Fenwick since 2008.

SCiA is a group of not-for-profit social enterprises. Together they reinvest any profit back into services for communities in Southampton, Hampshire and Dorset.

Catherine Bowell, Managing Director for South West Hampshire at NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “In light of Social Care in Action’s decision we are assessing the needs of the local population and are working with the tenants to work through future options. 

"We will keep people updated once a decision has been made and there will be no immediate change to any clinical provision currently on site”

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