The development of a purpose-built health and wellbeing facility in the heart of Hull city centre was approved at planning on April 21st.
The centre - which will be based in Story Street (part of the Albion Square Development Area) - represents private investment of £15m and will be developed byCitycare, the partnership between NHS Hull and the Sewell Group that has already revolutionised health care facilities around the city.
One of the focal points of the scheme, which is expected to be on site in August this year and completed by Spring 2011, will be the walk-in GP service which will be located within the building for both registered and non-registered patients which will be open between 8am and 8pm, 365 days a year.
150 GP-led surgeries of this nature are being rolled out across the country, following on from Professor Lord Ara Darzi's High Quality Care for All review of the NHS. The centres are intended to offer convenient GP access and other services including diagnostic, mental health and sexual health services.
People who use the centre will also be able to access other GPs, which will relocate from nearby surgeries, as well as dental, sexual health and addictions services coupled with access to Hull City Council services and a café. The centre will also be a base for paramedics.
The following city centre based services will relocate to the facility:
The Quays - GP practice (currently based in Myton Street, city centre)
The Quays - substance misuse service (currently based in Myton Street)
Conifer House - sexual health services (currently based in Prospect Street, city centre)
Cornerhouse - a sexual health drop-in for teenagers (currently based within Conifer House)
Dr AW Hussain - GP practice (currently based in George Street and Anlaby Road, west Hull)
Jo Barnes, Chief Executive of Citycare, said: "I am thrilled that our plans have been approved for the city centre development. The scheme will be the first of its kind in Hull and will provide vital services in fit-for-purpose accommodation, whilst even further enhancing the regeneration work that is already taking place in the city."
Citycare has already successfully delivered the first phase of Hull's NHS LIFT programme, with six new centres operational and work on the seventh - The Orchard Centre, a flagship £14m development which joins health, social and community servicers - is well underway. Health schemes in Kingswood and Bilton Grange, part of the second tranche of the programme, are also on site.
Christopher Long, Chief Executive of NHS Hull added: "We welcome the decision of the planning committee, which now allows us to continue in our efforts to bring high quality health services to the city's residents.
"Our aim is to offer health services to people at times and in places which are both suitable and convenient. By bringing a range of services under one roof in such a central location, we are looking to increase the choice and convenience which local people enjoy in relation to their healthcare.
"This is an exciting and iconic development, and one which will provide a welcome contribution to the overall regeneration of the city."
Meanwhile, John Holmes, Chief Executive of Hull Forward, added: "We fully support Citycare in the development of this much needed and high quality facility in the heart of the city. We are delighted that planning approval has been granted, signifying the first major development in the Albion Square Strategic Development Area and an important scheme for the city. We look forward to continuing to work with them in bringing this exciting scheme to fruition."
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Notes to Editors
· LIFT provides a flexible mechanism for translating health service plans into investment propositions, so developments are geared towards meeting local health needs
· LIFT will remove the disincentives of practicing in inner city areas, by developing innovative and more attractive propositions for GPs, and other primary healthcare professionals
Citycare - Hull's NHS LIFT Company
· Citycare is the company that is delivering the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) for the Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust and the population of Hull
· It is a partnership between Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) and the Sewell Group
· This PPP (Public Private Partnership) is responsible for property development, design, construction, maintenance and estates management services delivering over £100m worth of investment over a 25 year period. Investment that will deliver a step change to Hull's primary care estate
· Over a period of 25 years, it is estimated that £100m worth of investment will be made to improve Hull's primary care estate
· Over the past three years Citycare has become recognised as one of the leading regeneration organisations of its type in the UK
· Citycare's aim is to provide Hull with a community-focused, robust and sustainable health care network over the coming years
· Citycare's plans and objectives underpin the modernisation of primary and community care in the city, whilst securing significant improvements in the health of local people and will be a major part of Hull's rapidly regenerating Cityscape