30 April 2007,

Greater Notts LIFT opens a new medical centre in Keyworth

New medical centre for Keyworth just what the doctor ordered

A £4.7m healthcare facility for Keyworth has now been completed, following 12 months of building work. The new primary care centre was developed by Greater Nottingham Local Improvement Finance Trust Company (LIFTCo) for Nottinghamshire County Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) under a public private partnership agreement.

The state-of-the-art centre is due to open to the public early next month. It replaces the outdated health centre next door and will house a range of health services, all under one roof. It will serve approximately 11,000patients from the village and its surrounding area.

All eight GPs in the Dr Ledger and Partners practice, along with primary care services, will be relocating from the original health centre. These includecommunity nursing, midwives, community clinics and podiatry.

The second phase of the development will see the old health centre demolished and replaced by public car parking. This work is due to be completed in July.

Lee Clayton, chief executive of Greater Nottingham LIFT Company says: "We are very proud of this state-of-the-art building and to hand over the keys to the PCT today. It creates a welcoming environment for patients which will benefit the residents of Keyworth for generations to come, whilst dramatically improving the working environment for staff."

Dr Ledger, one of the doctors who are moving into Keyworth Primary Care Centre, added: "Our GP practice is delighted to be able to continue to deliver quality health care in surroundings that are fit for purpose, having struggled for many years in the old health centre. We are looking forward to the possibility of gradually extending patient services in new and different ways within the new building."