COMMERCIAL: Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group has invited organisations to bid to provide major services at a proposed health and wellbeing campus to serve Shepton Mallet and surrounding villages.

Organisations have been invited to express interest in providing surgery and diagnostic services on the site, including ophthalmology, orthopaedics and gynaecology surgery, and a community hospital.

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The health and wellbeing campus will serve Shepton Mallet and surrounding villages in Somerset

A notice placed in the Official Journal of the European Union values the eight year contract at £103m-£108m. There will be an option to extend the contract by a further two years.

The campus would be created on the site of Shepton Mallet Community Hospital and Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre, an independent sector treatment centre run by Care UK.

Commissioners have said they want one organisation to become a lead service provider.

The contract to provide the new services is to be delivered in two phases, according to the invitation document.

The first phase, to begin from December 2016, will include the provision of surgery and diagnostic services and outpatient clinics, inpatient beds and a minor injury unit.

Surgery and diagnostics are currently provided by the treatment centre.

The second phase of the contract is due to follow a partial rebuild of the site as the health campus is developed. It will require the successful bidder to provide a service promoting self-care

The provider would be expected to work with local charities and voluntary groups in delivering this part of the service.

The winning bidder will also provide a number of medical assessment beds, allowing clinicians to determine whether patients in the community can be safely discharged home or need to be admitted to a community hospital bed.

Those interested in becoming the scheme’s lead service provider have until 30 March to submit their expression of interest.

Invitations to negotiate phase one services are expected to take place this summer and a preferred bidder would enter into formal negotiations with Somerset CCG from September.