29 October 2009,

Doncaster LIFT - £14m for two new Super Surgeries given green light

Doncaster Community Solutions has been given the 'green light' to build two new multi-million-pound health care centres in the Dearne Valley and Doncaster town centre.

Doncaster Council planners gave full planning permission for the two new 'super surgeries', which will jointly cost more than £14 million, with one set to be the biggest of its kind in the Doncaster area.

The £8 million Town Hub project, at four storeys high, will be a landmark development for Doncaster. Current buildings on the site will be demolished to make way for the futuristic design, which will host a wide range of family doctor and other services. It will eventually be the permanent home for Doncaster's 8am to 8pm health centre, which is open every day of the year.

The new Conisbrough Health Centre will be built on the site of the village's current health centre at Garden's Lane. Costing £6 million, it will be around three times bigger than the current building and provide a new base for the Conisbrough Group Practice and Conisbrough Medical Practice, along with a range of additional health services.

Annette Laban, Chief Executive of NHS Doncaster, said: "We have given a commitment to the people of Doncaster that we will modernise the community buildings that are the key contact between the NHS and our patients, bringing services closer to where they live. We are investing in the future of health care in Doncaster to give local people the quality services they deserve."

Building work is expected to start on both schemes in early 2010 and be completed in Autumn 2011. When completed, it will bring to nine the number of new health centres built in the Doncaster area through the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme since 2006, with many of them housing community and social care facilities as well. The seven operational centres are at Askern, Denaby, Edlington, Hatfield, Intake, Moorends and Thorne.

Doncaster Community Solutions (DCS), a partnership between NHS Doncaster, Doncaster Council, Community Health Partnerships and private sector partner Community Solutions for Primary Care, was created to manage the LIFT programme and look after the on-going maintenance of the buildings. David Liggins, Chair of DCS said: "It's very exciting that these two landmark projects have received planning permission in such a timely fashion. They will bring great benefits in both in health provision and regeneration locally, as well providing much needed capital investment in the local economy."

For further information please contact: Warren Taylor, Business Development Director - Community Solutions for Primary Care Tel: 07813 056 056 Email: warren.taylor@community-solutions.co.uk