Costing over £7 million, Edlington's The Martinwells Centre provides a modern, purpose-designed home for a range of NHS and local authority services, including two doctors' practices, library, dental surgery and community health, social care and neighbourhood teams.
The two-storey development has been built to the latest environmentally-friendly and, energy efficient standards, with the striking design including a glass dome above the spacious reception - the first of its kind in the Doncaster area.
Christine Boswell, Acting Chief Executive of Doncaster PCT, said: "It has provided an ideal opportunity to co-locate a number of NHS and local authority services under one roof, and also create a new public library within the design to replace an outdated one in the village.
"Importantly, it will also become home for a dental practice, part of our drive to provide more opportunities for Doncaster people to see an NHS dentist. The village's current practice plans to move from its current premises at nearby Central Terrace and also intends to recruit a third dentist, which means all three dental treatment rooms will be fully utilised. We expect an extra 3,000 patients to be able to see an NHS dentist when the practice is fully staffed, which is excellent news for the area."
NHS services provided from the building include district nursing, health visiting, school nursing, baby clinic, counselling, orthopaedic assessment, physiotherapy, foot health and sexual health.
Local authority services are also now conveniently located at a single point ready for local people to tap into. The West area Adult and Children Social Care Team, based in the building, can be contacted on 01302 736409.
It also houses the Neighbourhood team, comprising neighbourhood manager, team leader, neighbourhood officers, community safety wardens and a countryside ranger. All are available to assist with any issues that directly affect local residents in their area.
Mayor Winter said: ''This development represents 21st century local service provision. I am proud that yet again Doncaster Council has worked so effectively with our partners to create a development that brings council and NHS services into the heart of the community.
"The Martinwells Centre will give the residents of Edlington the public services they deserve as well as helping to promote a healthy lifestyle for all.''
The building is the seventh to be opened through the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme, following on from smaller developments in Askern, Denaby, Hatfield, Intake, Moorends and Thorne. It is named after a former well that used to be in the village. Three local people - Barbara Hayes, Maureen Cantrill and Josh Rudd - won a competition to name the centre, which was organised by Doncaster PCT and judged by community representatives.
LIFT is a public/private sector partnership formed to create new community buildings to deliver community health care and other services. In Doncaster, LIFT developments are managed by a company called Doncaster Community Solutions whose shareholders are Doncaster Primary Care Trust (PCT), Doncaster Council, Community Health Partnerships and Community Solutions for Primary Care as the private sector partner.
Alan Wright, Chair of Doncaster Community Solutions, said: "This spectacular development will make a real difference to the quality of life of everyone living in Edlington. 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."
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Doncaster Community Solutions (LIFTCo) Limited is a Public Private Partnership between Community Solutions for Primary Care, Doncaster
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