03 November 2009,

Doncaster LIFT - Duke of Kent opens £7m Integrated Health Centre

Doncaster's biggest LIFT Centre received a royal seal of approval on Tuesday 20th October.

HRH The Duke of Kent visited The Martinwells Centre, Edlington, to officially open the £7 million landmark building, which is home to a range of NHS and Doncaster Council services under one roof.

Flag-waving pupils from Edlington's Hill Top, Victoria and St Mary's primary schools lined up to welcome the Duke as he approached the Centre, accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody.

At the entrance to the building he was introduced to: the Mayor of Edlington, Coun Georgina Mullis and her consort, Raymond Mullis and three senior staff from NHS Doncaster - chief executive, Annette Laban; chair of the Professional Executive Committee, Dr Alastair Graves; and chairman Roger Greenwood.

Mr Greenwood then introduced the Duke to officials from the NHS, Doncaster Council and Doncaster Community Solutions - the development company that has built the centre - before taking him on a brief tour of the ground floor of the building.

During the tour the Duke stopped and talked to a number of people based in the building, including:

  • Staff from Dr Zaidi's and Dr Nayar's family doctor practices

  • The local community nursing team, who had a display board highlighting the services they provide

  • Representatives from the Council's Neighbourhood Team and Safer Neighbourhood Team

  • Members of the community health visiting team, who had a display showing how they help children to learn through play

He was also shown into the library where he met around 25 local schoolchildren aged between eight and 10 who are members of the Book Club and a group of adults from the Silversurfers Computer Club.

NHS Doncaster chairman, Roger Greenwood, said: "We are delighted the Duke agreed to visit Edlington and see the flagship Martinwells Centre and the excellent services it provides. It was a memorable day for the village and for the public and private sector partners, who have brought this building off the drawing board and made it a key focal point of local life."

Pat Higgs, Doncaster Council's Assistant Director for Neighbourhoods, said: "We are pleased to offer the people of Edlington this state of the art building right in the heart of their community. This facility ensures residents are able to access help and support more conveniently, and staff are located here to deliver these services locally."

David Liggins, independent chair of Doncaster Community Solutions, said: "This spectacular development is making a real difference to the quality of life of Edlington people. The services provided match the first class feel of the centre and we hope this new landmark will be a focus of the re-vitalisation of this part of Doncaster."

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