Construction work has started on an £8 million scheme that will bring together health, education and library services for people in Childwall and the wider community.
The development is part of Liverpool Primary Care Trust's vision for a 'New Health Service for Liverpool,' which is delivering improved and more accessible health services in community settings. However, the Childwall project is unique as it also includes a library and a college, bringing together three important community facilities in a single building.
Gideon Ben Tovim, Chair of Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT) said: "This development is part of Liverpool PCT's commitment and long-term vision to deliver improved patient care, closer to people's homes. We know through our experience on projects such as those we have delivered in Picton, Breeze Hill and Everton, the difference these facilities can make to communities."
The Childwall Partnership Project is being developed by Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships LIFTCo on behalf of Liverpool PCT, Liverpool City Council and Childwall School Specialist Sports College. It will incorporate a Neighbourhood Health Centre as well as delivering benefits for the wider community, as plans will see the existing library service moving into the new building, providing a more enhanced library service in a modern, state of the art building.
Graham Pink Chief Executive of Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership said: "We are delighted to be undertaking this important development which demonstrates what can be achieved when organisations work together in partnership to the benefit of the community."
The new health facility will provide Childwall Sports College with three modern learning spaces and two offices for use by sixth form students and staff, making up a modern education centre with access to the new library facilities. It will also support the school's strong focus on health and wellbeing and will provide an important link to the work of the PCT - opening up educational opportunities for students and health professionals.
Childwall Library is one of the busiest in the city and the new facility will replace a tired 1960s building which did not respond to the demands of the 21st century.
The new library will feature:
An eye-catching modern design facing Queens Drive
Modern book shop type furniture and design
New children's discover area
Free Wi-Fi connection
E-book download facility
Council information kiosk
Free computer access, allowing people to use e-mail and the internet
Councillor Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism, said: "This deal is great news for the people of Childwall and will provide them with a fantastic community hub that will also make a real impact to life-long learning in the area. With Central Library also about to be redeveloped this project powerfully demonstrates the City Council's commitment to deliver a first class library service to the people of the Liverpool."
Cath Densmore, Business Manager at Childwall School said: "We are pleased to be part of this exciting project which will provide our pupils with brand new facilities befitting of our aspirations as a leading provider of education."
In addition to traditional GP services, the neighbourhood health centre will provide:
Longer opening hours, including evenings and at weekends (for PCT services only)
Diagnostic tests - phlebotomy (blood tests) and spirometry (lung capacity test)
Nurse-led treatment room service - ear syringing and wound dressings
Minor surgical procedures
Sexual health services
Ear, nose and throat (ENT) & ENT community services
Childhood immunisations and vaccinations
Diabetic eye screening
Diabetic specialist nursing
For further information please contact Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships