25 July 2007,

Hull LIFT opens £3.5 million Park Health Care Centre

Park Healthcare Centre opens in Hull

The new £3.5m Park Health Care Centre in Holderness Road, Hull, is now open. It will be home to threeGP practices who will re-locate from other surgeries in the locality. There are eight doctors' consulting rooms, four nurse consulting rooms, a health visitor's room and two flexible treatment rooms for minor treatments and visiting healthcare professionals.

This is the fourth purpose-built health care centre to open in Hull; the others are Newington on Anlaby Road, Marfleet on Preston Road and Alexandra on Alexandra Road, all providing the highest quality environment to improve the health of local residents. Two further centres are also under construction at Longhill and Calvert Lane.

Citycare Chair, Charles Lewis commented: "The opening of this superb healthcare facility is yet another example from the highly commended Hull Citycare - a partnership between the Hull Teaching PCT with their private partner the Sewell Group. It will provide local residents with easy access to a broad range of the highest standards of healthcare in their locality and lead to regeneration in the community."

The scheme is part of the national NHS LIFT programme to provide more accessible high quality healthcare facilities that join up complimentary services within the communities they support. The Sewell Group, as the private development partner in Hull Citycare, design, construct and maintain the new buildings to ensure that they remain in the best possible condition for the next 25 years.

The building high quality environment and superb architecture will be further enhanced by the integration of artworks created by Tom Lomax, a tutor at the renowned The Slade School of Art in London, and other professional artists in his research team over the past few months.

The budget for the artworks is integrated within all Citycare designs, as the artists work closely with the architects, health professionals and community members to consider every aspect of the interior: from the design of the reception desks and the type of flooring to the signage, colour of the walls and the waiting room furniture. It is a very exciting project, and will benefit all the users of the building which will be a unique and special building and a place where people want to be. 

The artists have been working closely with members of Hull Kingston Rovers Supporters' Club, on whose former ground, CravenPark - hence the name Park Healthcare Centre -has been built so that they will reflect the club's history and be of interest to local people.

"We have had tremendous help and support from the club and have all been inspired by them," said Tom. "Three of my colleagues' pieces are based on trophies, old rugby photographs and grasses on the pitch and one of my own pieces captures the last try to be scored by the team in 1987."

Ian Cultler, from the HKR Supporters Club says:" It was an interesting experience having meetings with Tom and everyone is supportive of what he is doing to celebrate the club's time at CravenPark.

"We are really looking forward to seeing the artworks he has made and I think he's becoming a Rovers fan."

Chair of Hull Teaching PCT, Kath Lavery, says: "This well-equipped healthcare centre will provide modern up-to date facilities where our dedicated healthcare professionals can give the very best medical care available."

Christopher Long, Chief Executive of Hull Teaching PCT, says: "Our commitment is to provide 21st century healthcare in 21st century buildings, and the new Park Healthcare Centre will certainly be a great benefit to patients living in this area."