15 January 2016, North

Exhibition showcases plans for new £12m development in Barrow

Local residents of Barrow have the chance to see what is planned for a new £12 million Primary Care Centre on the site of the former Alfred Barrow School.

An exhibition is being held today at Forum 28 in Barrow, giving local residents the chance to view designs for the new building, ask questions and share their views. 

As a follow up to this, there is also an open day at the Alfred Barrow School tomorrow (Saturday 16 January 2016) between 10am-2pm for former pupils and anyone else who may be interested. 

Integrated working

The centre is being developed through Community Health Partnerships (CHP) Public Private Partnership LIFT Programme, led by eLIFT Cumbria.

A planning application for the new centre was submitted last month.

Once completed, the new space will enable a number of organisations to work together from one central base.  Services available will include:

  • Three GP practices (which will move from Abbey Road Surgery, Atkinson Health Centre and Risedale Surgery)
  • A response base for North West Ambulance Service
  • Cumbria CCG
  • A range of community Services such as Community and specialist nursing, mental health, physiotherapy, podiatry, diabetes, retinal screening)
  • A pharmacy
  • Occupational Health services for BAE Systems
  • Space for third sector organisations.

Community engagement

Barrow GP Geoff Jolliffe, who is also the clinical chairman of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are really excited about the new plans and this is a chance for people to have a look at what we hope to create. We want people to come along and have a look at how we will make health services more accessible and what it could mean for them.”     

Better Care Together

The design will retain the listed building but will also see the development of modern facilities.

Providing more services in the community is a vital part of the Better Care Together strategy, with organisations integrating to provide more services closer to home. The Alfred Barrow Centre will be a working example of this.  

The centre is expected to bring 5,000 metres2 of modern ‘fit for purpose’ buildings into the community, replacing old, inefficient facilities. 

Completion is expected in Autumn 2017.

We want people to come along and have a look at how we will make health services more accessible and what it could mean for them.

Geoff Jolliffee, Barrow GP and Clinical Chairman of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group