02 July 2007,

Margaret Beckett opens South Derbyshire LIFT's new £4.1 million medical centre in Derby

Margaret Beckett opens state-of-the-art medical centre in Derby

A new £4.1m healthcare facility in Derby is 'just what the doctor ordered'. The new Village Community Medical Centre was officially opened recently by local MP Margaret Beckett, following 15 months of building work.

The medical centre was developed by Southern Derbyshire Local Improvement Finance Trust Company (LIFTCo) for Derby City Primary Care Trust (PCT) under a public private partnership agreement. It houses a range of primary health and social care services all under one roof, including seven GPs, diabetes clinics, specialist services and health promotion.

The MP praised the modern one-stop centre and unveiled a commemorative plaque at an event marking the official opening of the facility.

Russell Rigby, non-executive chair of Southern Derbyshire LIFT Company says: "This multi-million pound one-stop centre is great news for local people and hope it will contribute to regeneration in the area. It is the fifth new facility Southern Derbyshire LIFT Company has completed in the area over the last two years as part of our £40m public private partnership programme of investment in modernising health and social care premises.

"We are working with the local primary care trusts and other partners to identify further suitable developments."