01 May 2007,

North Notts LIFT opens new medical centre for Rainworth

New medical centre for Rainworth just what the doctor ordered

A £3m healthcare facility for Rainworth has now been completed, following 12 months of building work. The new medical centre was the first to be developed by North Nottinghamshire Local Improvement Finance Trust Company (LIFTCo) for Nottinghamshire County Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) under a public private partnership agreement.

The state-of-the-art primary care centre is due to open to the public next month. It replaces the outdated health centre next door and will house a range of primary health services, all under one roof. It will serve approximately 6000 patients from the town and its surrounding area.

The GP practice (being renamed Rainworth Surgery), along with primary care services, will be relocating from the original health centre. These include community nursing, podiatry, community clinics along with a new minor surgery suite.

A pharmacy will also be relocating into the new facility.

The second phase of the development will see the old health centre demolished and replaced by car parking and landscaping. This work is due to be completed for July.

Lee Clayton, chief executive of North Nottinghamshire LIFT Company says: "Rainworth Primary Care Centre is the first new medical centre North Nottinghamshire LIFT has completed, the first part of the initial £34 million public private partnership programme of investment in new healthcare facilities to be delivered which will benefit local people for decades to come."

Dr Huggard, one of the doctors who are moving into the new building adds:  "This new primary care centre is a much improved environment in which to provide modern health care for patients and also in which staff can work. One of the benefits of this purpose built facility is the provision of much improved disabled access."

Director of provider development at Nottinghamshire County Teaching PCT said: "We are delighted to see these modern facilities which will not only provide improved facilities, but enable us to enhance the services available to local people."