10 August 2011,

Liverpool & Sefton LIFTCo - Anfield Health Schemes on Track

Two multi-million pound developments which will provide purpose-built health facilities for the people of Anfield are on schedule for completion next year.

Brand new Neighbourhood Health Centres are currently under construction at Townsend Lane and on the corner of Mere Lane and Robson Street.

A £6 million building on Townsend Lane, built on land formerly occupied by All Saints RC Primary School, will be the first of the two to open. It has just reached a significant construction milestone, with the highest part of the development now in place. Work began on site in December 2009 and the building is due for completion in January 2012.

The two schemes are part of Liverpool Primary Care Trust's wider vision for a 'New Health Service for Liverpool', which was announced in 2007. Since then, millions of pounds have been invested in purpose-built or improved facilities across the city to make services available closer to people's homes.

Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT) said: "When we announced plans for 'A New Health Service for Liverpool,' we outlined our on-going commitment to providing effective, appropriate and convenient healthcare services in modern facilities across the city.

"The new centres will provide longer opening hours and a wider range of services, making them more accessible to patients.

"We are now four years into the programme and many new health centres have now been delivered or are under construction. These schemes will be a major benefit to the communities they serve and will make a real difference to local people for many years to come."

Work got underway on a £5 million neighbourhood health centre on Mere Lane in April 2011; the building is due for completion in spring 2012. The scheme at Mere Lane was announced following an eight-week consultation, which saw an overwhelming 94% of respondents in favour of the proposals.

The Anfield schemes are the latest to get underway. Brand new health centres have already opened n Everton, Breeze Close, Picton, Yewtree, Oriel Drive, Speke and Garston; and work is underway at further schemes in Childwall and Townsend Lane. Health centres in Princes Park, Riverside and Belle Vale have also received upgrades.

The development is being delivered by Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership, the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) for Liverpool and Sefton.

There is currently a commitment to deliver real change in the North Liverpool communities of Anfield, County and Kirkdale through the Show Your Beautiful Face initiative.

It is part of the Beautiful North initiative - a partnership of more than 40 public, private and voluntary sector organisations that have all pledged to find smarter and more imaginative ways of working together to use their resources to help North Liverpool reveal its beautiful face.

The Beautiful North team is led by Liverpool City Council cabinet members and ward councillors and is being coordinated by Plus Dane Group. It brings together major service providers including Liverpool Primary Care Trust, Liverpool Vision and Merseytravel, as well as businesses, cultural partners, housing providers and voluntary agencies.

For further information please contact Liverpool and Sefton LIFTCo