26 September 2007,

North Notts LIFT completes Warsop Primary Care Centre

New medical centre just what the doctor ordered

More than 10,000 patients in Warsop and the surrounding area will soon benefit from a new £3.5m state-of-the-art medical centre. Warsop Primary Care Centre on Church Street has now been completed, following 20 months of building work. The facility, on an extended site next to the fire station in the centre of town, has been developed by North Nottinghamshire Local Improvement Finance Trust Company (LIFTCo) with Nottinghamshire County Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) under a 25-year public private partnership agreement.

The two storey centre is due to open its doors to patients by early November. It replaces the outdated Warsop Health Centre and provides accommodation for the Warsop surgery of the Meden Vale Practice and for the surgery of Drs Banga, Chaudhuri and Kaistha. It will also house a range of primary health care services. The co-location of the practices with community health services in the same building will allow closer co-ordination and working relationships between the healthcare teams.

In addition to the individual doctors' practices and a minor operations suite, community services to be housed in the new building will include community nursing and health visiting bases, podiatry, physiotherapy, family planning, speech and language therapy, general community clinics, and facilities for visiting specialists and consultants.

A shop at the front of the site has also been refurbished which is expected soon to house a new pharmacy.

Lee Clayton, chief executive of North Nottinghamshire LIFT Company says: "Warsop Primary Care Centre is the sixth new medical centre North Nottinghamshire LIFT Company has completed, which will benefit local people for decades to come. This facility is an important part of the first phase of our £34 million public private partnership programme of investment in new health and social care facilities to date across North Nottinghamshire.

"We are working with the local primary care trusts and other partners to identify further suitable developments, as part of our ongoing partnership."

A GP moving into the new centre, Dr Simon Allen of Meden Medical Services adds: "Meden Medical Services looks forward to moving into the new health centre and enjoying the brand new facilities available there. We're confident patients living in the area will agree."