20 November 2009,

Hull LIFT - Eighth LIFT Health Centre Opens its Doors to the Public

The latest in a series of new health facilities in Hull opened its doors to patients of a large GP practice earlier this week.

The £4.5m Bilton Grange Health Centre, in Diadem Grove, Bilton Grange, east Hull, is now open to patients.

Greenwich Avenue Surgery is relocating into the ground floor of the building, which is the eighth scheme to be completed since 2004 as part of Hull's Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme being delivered by Citycare, a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between primary care trust NHS Hull, Hull-based construction company Sewell Group, and The UME Group and Community Healthy Partnerships.

The new facility will also house outpatient clinics on the first floor, so that patients don't always have to travel to hospital for their care. Services will include access to diabetic clinics, respiratory teams and services for older people, more services will be phased in over the coming months.

The centre has already been busy since the second of November as the base for the GP out-of-hours service in east Hull, contributing to NHS Hull's efforts to reduce the impact of unscheduled care requirements on the local hospital Accident and Emergency department. The site will also act as a standby point for Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Construction work on the 1,636 square metre building started in January this year and the opening of the health centre comes just a month after another LIFT building opened its doors in another part of the city - the £2.5m Kingswood Health Centre, in north Hull. Meanwhile, work is due to be completed on £14m health, council and community facility The Orchard Centre at the end of this month, creating a buzz of excitement across the PCT and a tired but happy facilities team.

Jo Barnes, Chief Executive of Citycare said: "2009 has been an incredibly busy year for Citycare, with three significant schemes on site at the same time, equating to an overall investment value of £21m, at the same time as other schemes being in the pipeline such as our £15m Wilberforce Health Centre which will be on site before the end of the year. I am delighted that the development phase of Bilton Grange Health Centre has run so smoothly and now the local community can really benefit from it."

Kath Lavery, Chair of NHS Hull said: "Everyone deserves to receive their healthcare in modern, comfortable surroundings and this new building will certainly deliver on that for the patients of Greenwich Avenue surgery. Many other patients living in the east of the city will also be able to take advantage of health clinics nearer to home.

"This is a much-needed development and we are pleased to see it open and now becoming part of the local community. The centre represents NHS Hull's ongoing commitment to providing patients with more choice and convenience, and delivering higher standards of healthcare overall."

Sue Thompson, Practice Manager, added: "The practice is settling well into our new premises, which are spacious, modern and comfortable. We are sure our patients will appreciate our new surroundings and facilities and look forward to continuing and developing our high standard of care to all our patients."

For further information please contact Citycare on Tel: 01482 781244 or Email: jo.barnes@sewell-group.co.uk