Work has commenced on the demolition of the Hillfields Health Centre in Coventry to make way for the brand new £22.5m health hub.
Having served the patients of Coventry for the last 34 years, the Hillfields Health Centre closed its doors to patients last month and the three GP practices relocated to temporary accommodation whilst the new city centre health centre is being built.
The new five storey, 10,181 sq m, health facility will be located on the same site as Hillfields and the adjoining Russell Street Car Park and will accommodate the GP practices, the city's Walk-in Centre, out of hours service and a wide range of community and city-wide services including:
Clinical Assessment Services (CAS)
Contraception and Sexual Health Services (CASH)
Speech and Language
It will also include a pharmacy, community café and space for a range of clinics and services.
Coventry Care Partnership which is providing the new Centre, is a LIFT Company (LIFTCo), which is owned by NHS Coventry, Community Health Partnerships and gbconsortium, a consortium of companies led by Assura LIFT Holdings, with Galliford Try as lead contractor. The Partnership was set up specifically to build patient focused primary care facilities in Coventry.
Commenting on the news, David Acklam, head of LIFT for Assura, said: "All parties have worked together to ensure that this new facility will provide the best environment for the delivery of primary healthcare services in Coventry. This is a huge investment in healthcare for the local community."
Darren Jones, non-executive director at NHS Coventry said: "When patients start using the new health centre they will see it is far easier to use, giving them the healthcare they need and deserve. It will take local healthcare and the regeneration of the area into the 21st century."
The new Centre is due to be completed early 2012.
For further information please contact - Coventry Care Partnership