16 March 2010,

Hull LIFT - £3.2m Kingswood Health Centre Officially Opened

Pupils from a city primary school, who have watched a £3.2m health centre rise up from the ground, were the guests of honour at the building's official opening event on Monday the 15th of March.

Pupils from Broadacre Primary School, which is based in Wawne Road, Bransholme, marked the official opening of nearby Kingswood Health Centre, based in School Lane, Kingswood Parks, north Hull, by reading poems out to guests about what they think of the new facility.

The youngsters have played an active role in the scheme's development from day one, visiting the construction site in its early stages to learn about safety and lay the first brick there, as well as interviewing members of the team about their jobs, before writing a newsletter about the project, which is part of Hull's NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme.

The new 1,232 square metre development, which opened its doors to the public in October and is now fully operational, houses the Haxby Group GP practice and other associated health services, providing joined-up care and fit-for-purpose facilities for the residents in this expanding residential development and beyond.

The centre is part of the second phase of the LIFT programme, which is being delivered by Citycare, the partnership between NHS Hull, Sewell Group, The UME Group and Community Health Partnerships.

Charles Lewis, chair of Citycare, said: "The official opening event brought key partners together to celebrate a key milestone for members of the community in Kingswood and the surrounding area. Not only is Kingswood Health Centre a really beautiful building, but it also means that primary healthcare is right on the doorstep of patients now."

Kath Lavery, Chair of NHS Hull added: "The new Kingswood Health Centre is very much a community facility. As it's located at the heart of Kingswood's residential development, it means routine healthcare services are now much more convenient for hundreds of people, and this is reflected in just how quickly people have been registering at the new GP surgery."

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