A brand new Neighbourhood Health Centre offering patients a wider range of health services has opened in Anfield.
The £6 million building, which is situated on Townsend Lane on land formerly occupied by All Saints RC Primary School, opened its doors to the public earlier this week.
The additional services which patients will now be able to access include extended GP opening hours over evenings and weekends; dental services; pharmacy; blood tests and nurse-led treatments, such as ear syringing and wound dressings.
Local GP practices Townsend Lane Medical Centre and Anfield Group Practice have both moved into the new building.
Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool Primary Care Trust said: "When we outlined our plans for the 'New Health Service for Liverpool,' we had a vision of delivering a wider range of services closer to people's homes, to make it more convenient and quicker for patients to access them.
"Over the past few years we've made enormous progress and I feel extremely proud that yet another building has been delivered for patients in Liverpool. It reflects the continued success of the programme and I feel extremely proud that we are continuing to deliver the highest quality of buildings that will not only house a wider range of services but are going to make a huge difference to patients in the Anfield area."
The scheme is 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. Work began on site at Townsend Lane in December 2009.
The development is being delivered by Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership, the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) for Liverpool and Sefton.
Graham Pink, Chief Executive of LSHP Ltd said, "We are delighted to be able to open this new Neighbourhood Health Centre today in Anfield. As a company, we are absolutely committed to providing modern health centres which are conveniently located near to where people live and positively contribute to the health and wellbeing of whole communities. Our hope is that this centre will be a huge asset for everyone living in Anfield and its surrounding neighbourhoods for many years to come."
The extended services will include:
Longer opening hours, including evenings and weekends
Diagnostic tests - phlebotomy (blood tests) and spirometry (lung capacity tests)
Nurse-led Treatment Room Service - ear syringing and wound dressings
Anti-coagulation (blood tests to monitor those people taking warfarin or other blood clotting drugs)
Minor surgical procedures
Community Healthy Living Initiatives (e.g. help to stop smoking; advice on eating a healthier diet or losing weight)
Liverpool PCT is also currently working on a second Anfield Neighbourhood Health Centre at nearby Mere Lane, as well as a new centre in Kensington. Brand new facilities have already opened n Everton, Breeze Close, Picton, Yewtree, Oriel Drive, Speke and Garston; and Childwall.
For further information please contact Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership LIFTCo