27 October 2010,

East London LIFTCo - £2.3m Nightingale Practice Redevelopment Begins

Construction work has begun on the new purpose-built Nightingale Practice which will give Clapton patients access to improved clinical and community facilities.

Building work started this month, following extensive patient and public involvement in the new designs. The practice building is owned by NHS City and Hackney, with redevelopment part of its Strategic Services Development Plan to improve clinical facilities for Hackney patients.

The new surgery will provide just under 1,000 sq metres of purpose-built clinical facilities at an approximate cost of £2.3 million. It is being built and maintained by East London LIFTCo, with completion due September
2011.

Steve Gilvin, NHS City and Hackney Director of Primary Care Commissioning, said: "This has been a truly collaborative project, with the local community actively involved shaping this building to meet their needs. The new facilities will allow Nightingale Practice to continue to deliver high quality care in improved clinical facilities."

The building was commissioned once it became apparent that existing facilities were inadequate for the growing and changing needs of patients and the local community. Public and patients were consulted on the redesign
in early 2009.

Jill White, Practice Manager, Nightingale Practice said: "The practice has and always will be committed to caring for the physical, psychological and social aspects of our patients' health, incorporating prevention and
treatment of disease and the promotion of good health. The new building will enable us to provide a wider range of service to help us achieve this."

Roger Lye, Chief Executive, East London LIFTCo, said: "We are delighted to have finalised plans for Nightingale Practice. This redevelopment will transform health care services for this local community providing a new modern centre where local residents can access a wider range of services."

For further information please contact East London LIFTCo