15 December 2015, North

Development of new Health Centre in Barrow takes a step forward

Plans for a new £12 million Primary Care Centre on the site of the former Alfred Barrow school in Barrow have been submitted for planning approval.

Artist's impression of the new Primary Care Centre in Barrow

Plans for a new £12 million Primary Care Centre on the site of the former Alfred Barrow school in Barrow have been submitted for planning approval.

The new health centre is being developed through Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) Public Private Partnership LIFT Programme, led by eLIFT Cumbria.

Eugene Prinsloo, Developments Director at CHP said: “CHP is committed to supporting the development of cost effective, high quality primary and community facilities that serve the needs of local communities and contribute towards improving people’s health and wellbeing.  We look forward to working with partners to see the vision of this new Primary Care Centre become a reality.”

Integrating services to create a centralised facility

Once complete, the centre will house a wide range of services and see a number of organisations working together from one centralised facility, including:

  • Three GP practices -  Abbey Road Surgery, Atkinson Health Centre and Risedale Surgery
  • A response base for North West Ambulance Service
  • Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • Community Services (e.g. Community and specialist nursing, mental health, physiotherapy, podiatry, diabetes, retinal screening)
  • Integrated Children’s Services
  • A pharmacy
  • Occupational Health services for BAE Systems
  • Space for third sector organisations.


Barrow GP Geoff Joliffe, who is also the clinical chairman of NHS Cumbria CCG, said: “Developing this new centre will make a real difference for patients here in Barrow.

"It’ll put our health services in a well-designed and accessible centre allowing services to grow and develop in the future.”

Blending the old with the new

The design will retain the listed building facade, but will also see the development of modern facilities.

Public engagement and exhibition

There will be an exhibition at Forum 28 on Friday 15 January 2016 between 2.00pm - 6.00pm where people will be able to view the design proposals, followed by an open day at the Alfred Barrow School on Saturday 16 January 2016 between 10.00am - 3.00pm for former pupils and anyone else who may be interested.

Dr Joliffe added: “We are really aware of the building’s history and we have plans to create the opportunity to become a ‘Friend’ of the project so people who want to be involved will be informed about the development as it progresses.”

Better Care Together

Providing more services in the community is a vital part of the Better Care Together strategy, with organisations integrating to provide more services closer to home. The Alfred Barrow centre will be a working example of this.

The centre is expected to bring 5,000 metres2 of modern, ‘fit for purpose’ buildings into the community, replacing old, inefficient  facilities with completion expected in Autumn 2017.

The planning application has been submitted to Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council and will be considered in the New Year.

Developing this new centre will make a real difference for patients here in Barrow.

Geoff Joliffe, Barrow GP and Clinical Chairman of NHS Cumbria CCG