30 November 2011,

Citycare LIFTCo - 16.5m Wilberforce Health Centre Opens to the Public

Wilberforce Health Centre, the city's newest and, at £16.5m, most expensive health centre to date has opened the doors to its first patients today.

Having relocated from Conifer House on Prospect Street, sexual health services (incorporating Cornerhouse and teenage pregnancy services) have begun to see and treat patients from this iconic new health facility.

Over the next two weeks, additional services¹ including GP practices, public health advisors and Hull's GP-led walk -in centre will move into the five-storey building. Wilberforce Health Centre will also serve as a base for paramedics, house addictions services and incorporate a community café.

Completion of the building will enable local people to access a wide range of healthcare advice and treatment services under one roof, thereby increasing choice and convenience, and improving the healthcare environment in which they're seen.

Dr Kate Guthrie, Medical Director for City Health Care Partnership CIC and Clinical Director with Hull and East Riding Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Partnership, will begin working at Wilberforce Health Centre this week. She says:

"The Hull and East Riding Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Partnership provides sexual health services across Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire and we are delighted with our move to the new premises, just a few minutes away from our old base at Conifer House. Our complete range of current services, treatment and advice, including our drop in clinic will be available at the Wilberforce Centre from today. "

Wilberforce Health Centre was developed by Citycare, a public private partnership between NHS Hull, the Sewell Group, the UME Group and Community Health Partnerships. It is the tenth building to be delivered under the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) scheme, which aims to modernise and improve the quality of healthcare premises across the city for the benefit of patients and staff alike.

Dr Tony Banerjee, a Hull-based GP and Chair of the NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, says:

"Having watched this building being constructed over the last couple of years, it's great to see it finally open and for patients to be reaping the benefits. Local people deserve to receive their healthcare in surroundings which are bright, modern and welcoming. I believe Wilberforce Health Centre offers all this, whilst at the same time providing our clinicians with a much more appropriate environment in which to treat patients."

The building will be fully populated and all health services operational by Thursday 8th December. A full list of moving dates for the individual services can be found online at www.nhshull.nhs.uk

Once fully populated, the building will house almost 300 staff and incorporate:

  • The practice of AW Hussain, relocating from Anlaby Road

  • Story Street Medical Practice & Walk-In Centre, relocating from its temporary modular building on the site of Albion Street car park

  • The Quays Medical Centre, relocating from Myton Street

  • Sexual health services, relocating from Conifer House

  • Cornerhouse young people's services

  • Teenage pregnancy support services

  • Addictions services, incorporating Journey2Recovery (J2R)

  • Healthy living advice, including support to stop smoking, weight management etc

  • A base for paramedics

  • A community café.

  • Some 60,000 patients are expected to use the facility each year.

As with all LIFT premises, the building incorporates a number of environmentally friendly features. For Wilberforce Health Centre, these include solar panels, rainwater harvesting and intelligent heating systems.

For further information please contact Citycare LIFTCo