06 March 2012,

eLIFT Cumbria Ltd - First Express LIFT Scheme Completed

eLIFT Cumbria Limited has handed over the first Express LIFT scheme completed in England and the first leased by a LIFTCo directly to GPs (Drs. William Lumb and Christine Hunt of Sedbergh Medical Practice).

Construction of the £1.8 million Sedbergh Health Centre began in April last year, was completed on 24th February and involved extensive use of locally based suppliers and subcontractors.

The health centre is designed to reflect the sensitivities of its location in the National Park and features the use of stone and slate to reflect the local vernacular.

It provides new facilities to benefit staff and patients including treatment rooms, physiotherapy, dispensary, dedicated space to provide medical services for Sedbergh School and a conference / training and research suite.

The GPs and staff of Sedbergh Medical Practice previously based on Loftus Hill have now moved to the new location and are starting to see patients from today (5th March).

Dr William Lumb from the Sedbergh Medical Practice said: "It's fantastic that after years of hard work securing a site and then a speedy build we're now able to move into our new modern home. It's been a really positive experience to see a building such as this take shape so quickly and I hope that patients will now be able to reap the benefits of the improved facilities and space.

I'd like to thank everyone involved in the process for their hard work and reassure patients that there will be as little disruption as possible and all the same faces will be coming with us to the new building."

Gary Naylor, General Manager of eLIFT Cumbria Limited, said: ""We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone and to deliver this first tangible development in what we hope will be a long and successful relationship with healthcare commissioners and providers in Cumbria.

We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Sedbergh Medical Practice and wish them well in their new premises."

An official opening ceremony will take place later in the year.

For further information please contact eLIFT Cumbria Ltd LIFTCo