NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson recently joined Alan Johnson MP and Dr Tony Banerjee at a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the official start of work on the new Hessle Road Health & Wellbeing Centre.
Sir David visited Hull as a guest of Citycare, the local partnership of NHS Hull, Community Health Partnerships, Sewell Group and The UME Group, which provides estates solutions for health, community and social services.
The £10m development will see the creation of a state-of-the-art health centre on the site of the former Heron frozen food factory on Walcott Street and will be the twelfth such building delivered by Citycare in Hull.
The Hessle Road Health & Wellbeing Centre will be a base for modern primary care and community-based services and will also see the relocation of services from three existing health centres to modern, purpose built facilities at the heart of one of the city's busiest shopping and residential areas.
Sir David Nicholson, NHS chief executive, said: "I am pleased to be here to see the start of this landmark scheme and I am sure that this brand new centre will provide local people with the high quality and easily accessible services we want all of our patients to have on their doorsteps. I have also been impressed by the way Citycare and the NHS have worked together over the last few years to support real change and transformation in local services. Local people and patients want a seamless experience of healthcare and we have the best chance of achieving that when all of the organisations involved in their care work as closely together as they have here."
Alan Johnson MP, said: "This is a major milestone in a scheme that will see the healthcare provision for this part of the city transformed beyond all recognition. The backing we have had from local residents and businesses in getting to this stage has been invaluable and I'd like to thank them for all their support.
"To have Sir David there to help us mark this special occasion is fantastic. The buildings Citycare and NHS Hull have already delivered have brought about a real sea change to the way healthcare is delivered in the city. This development is a further example of that and we are proud to have the opportunity to show the NHS chief executive just what progress Hull is making in transforming services."
Dr Tony Banerjee, chair of Hull's GP Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "This is the start of another very important building for Hull. By moving into new purpose-built facilities we are giving our GPs and healthcare professionals the tools they need to be able to provide patients with the highest standard of service possible."
The new health centre, which is being built by Citycare's construction partner Sewell Group, is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2013.
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