05 December 2007,

£5.5m health centre opens in Derby


£5.5m health centre opens in Derby

Southern Derbyshire Local improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) Company, a public private partnership currently investing over £40m in community health and council buildings across Southern Derbyshire, is celebrating following the official opening of its seventh multi-million pound state-of-the-art facility to become operational in the last two years.

Its £5.5m Coleman Health Centre in Derby, was developed for Derby City Primary Care Trust (PCT) under a 25-year public private partnership agreement, which also includes keeping the building in good repair.

The centre houses a range of community health services under one roof, including a GP practice, chiropody, dentistry and phlebotomy along with a purpose-built physiotherapy gym and training kitchen.

The official opening ceremony, performed by the Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Pauline Latham OBE last Wednesday, marked the culmination of Southern Derbyshire LIFTCo's three years of partnership with the local NHS, funded by majority private sector investment from Leicester-based Primary Plus - a joint venture between John Laing and Bank of Scotland Corporate.

Southern Derbyshire LIFT Company's general manager Steve Maleham was joined at the event by chief executive, chairman and directors from Derby City PCT, along with staff who work as Coleman Health Centre. The Mayor unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Construction work on Southern Derbyshire LIFTCo's Coleman Health Centre started in January 2006 and it opened for business last June.

Southern Derbyshire LIFT Company's general manager Steve Maleham said: "Southern Derbyshire LIFT Company is delighted to celebrate the official opening of Coleman Health Centre, and takes great pride in what is a real landmark building for local residents. It is one of seven sites in Southern Derbyshire to be developed to date as part of our £40m programme of delivering modern community healthcare and council facilities, in areas that need them most.

"We're working with the local primary care trusts and other partners to identify further suitable developments, as part of our on-going 25 year partnership."