14 June 2010,

Dudley LIFT - £26.5m Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre Opens to the Public

Brierley Hill's multi-million pound state-of-the-art new Health and Social Care Centre finally opened its doors to the public on Monday June 14.

The one-stop health centre, which is expected to see around 600 visitors from across the borough every week, opened its doors to patients for the first time following a three-year design and building programme.

The £26.5m development now accommodates 400 NHS staff and is home to services such as audiology, podiatry, physiotherapy, leg ulcer clinics and speech and language therapy.

Two GP practices will also be moving to the centre, along with social care and housing services from Dudley Council.

The building also has a café and a range of rooms available for groups and businesses to book.

Sarah Dugan, chief executive of NHS Dudley, said: "The wide range of services that will be delivered under one roof from the new centre will really benefit local residents."

The building is the third successful partnership between Dudley Infracare LIFT, NHS Dudley and Dudley Council to provide health and social care services in convenient locations across the borough.

John Coyne, chief executive of Dudley Infracare LIFT, said: "The building is a striking addition to the Brierley Hill skyline and we are delighted it is now operational for local people to see what a fantastic addition it is to the area."

Councillor Lesley Faulkner, Dudley's cabinet member for adult and community services, added: "It is a wonderful example of what can be achieved by working in partnership and I am sure people will experience the benefits of its first class services and facilities very soon."

The centre was made a reality following a £5.6m grant from Advantage West Midlands, which enabled the construction to begin.

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