03 February 2010,

Bradford LIFT - £13m State-of-the-art Health Care Centre Opens to Public

Patients and residents of Bingley are being urged to drop-in to have a tour of their new £13m state-of-the-art health care centre and its facilities.

Proud GPs from the two practices on site are hosting an open day at Canalside Health Care Centre at Kingsway on Saturday 6 February to show off the wide range of benefits for the local community on offer at the new premises.

Bingley Medical Practice and Springfield Surgery - two of Bingley's long established GP practices will be based at the centre - and both have been heavily involved in the design of their new premises which will provide extra space to allow them to expand their health services for local people, including those from Bingley hospital. The new centre opened to patients on 1st of February.

Dr Simon Gazeley, GP from Springfield Surgery said: "The open day is a great opportunity for anyone to come and look round this wonderful building and talk to our staff about what services we can offer in the future, ask any questions and share any concerns they may have."

"All patients from both practices will automatically be transferred over to Canalside - there is no need to re-register. We will continue to operate as two independent practices, although there will be more opportunities to work together which should be beneficial to patients."

Dr Richard Newell of Bingley Medical Practice said: "We are delighted with our new premises which will allow us to provide better health care in a modern, more spacious environment.

"The only thing that changes on 1 February is the practices' address. People will still get their care from their usual team of receptionists, doctors and nurses."

To celebrate the move to their new building, Springfield practice held a competition for the local community who were asked to submit their favourite photographs and these will be on display during the opening.

In both practices there will be demonstrations of how to use the new self-care rooms where patients can check their blood pressure, weight, BMI and use the internet facility to get healthcare information. HALE, a voluntary organisation will be offering advice on healthy lifestyle.

Priesthorpe Medical Centre, and Drs Jennings and Robson merged to form Bingley Medical practice last July, but this is the first time that the two practices have come together on one site. During the open day this practice will be offering face painting, and a treasure hunt for children.

Although the two practices will continue to operate independently, there will also be opportunities for them to work together to provide better services for patients. Plans are still being developed for telemedicine which involves on-screen consultations with hospital consultants from the practice, a Warfarin clinic and ultrasound scanning.

Some of the benefits that Bingley patients will see in the future as a result of the new development include:

  • Reduced waiting times and a greater choice of appointments

  • More hospital services offered in a community setting closer to peoples' homes

  • Longer opening hours

  • More co-ordinated and closer working relationships between many clinical teams resulting in improvements to patient care

  • Improved access for mental health patients in a familiar environment

A glass atrium in the centre is a major feature of Canalside, designed to create light and a feeling of wellbeing to patients and staff within the building.

Besides GP services, the centre will offer

  • on-site pharmacy

  • district nurses

  • health visitors

  • mental health teams

  • physiotherapy

  • orthotics

  • CASH services (contraception advice and sexual health)

  • podiatry

  • minor surgery

It will also provide a range of consultant services which will ensure that hospital clinics can be provided closer to peoples' homes. New facilities will include a health education room, three outpatient consultant rooms, four treatments rooms used by midwifery and sexual health teams, and two counseling rooms.

A patient user group has been involved throughout the development of the plans giving their views on the design of the building. In response to their request, a community café will open in the near future.

The health care centre was developed over the past 18 months by Bradford and Airedale Care Partnerships Limited (LIFTCo) - a joint venture between the private and public sectors.

For further details please contact Kirsty Andrews on k.andrews@bacpltd.co.uk or Tel: 01274 717555