25 May 2007,

North Notts LIFT opens three new health centres

Three new health centres just the tonic for North Notts patients

Three healthcare facilities in Mansfield, Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Balderton are just what the doctor ordered. Builders have recently put the finishing touches to the new state-of-the-art centres, which are due to open their doors to patients over the next few weeks.

All will house a range of primary health services and have been developed by North Nottinghamshire Local Improvement Finance Trust Company (LIFTCo) with Nottinghamshire County Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) under a public private partnership agreement.

The £4.5m Ashfield Health Village adjoins Ashfield Community Hospital in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and took 15 months to complete. The Portland Street centre will supplement with the hospital by providing purpose-built rehabilitation facilities for in-patients. Physiotherapy and occupational therapy, along with other community health services will operate there. It will also have a café. It will benefit around 20,000 patients from the town.

The £2.8m Bull Farm Primary Care Centre, on Millennium Business Park off Chesterfield Road in Mansfield, also took 15 months to build. It replaces an outdated GP surgery next door and will serve 3,000 patients from the nearby Bull Farm estate.

The £3.1m Balderton Primary Care Centre on Lowfield Road, replaces the outdated Balderton Health Clinic on Bullpit Road in the town. At least 3,500 local people will benefit from the new facility, completed following 14 months of building work.

Lee Clayton, chief executive of North Nottinghamshire LIFT Company says: "We are very proud of these three modern centres. They create a much improved environment for both patients and staff, and we hope they will help regenerate the surrounding areas.

"They are 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 the area. We are working in partnership with the local primary care trusts and other partners to identify further suitable developments locally."

Eleri de Gilbert, director of provider development adds: "We are looking forward to the opening of these new state of the art facilities in June. All three new centres will provide improved facilities in a modern, purpose built centre, enabling the PCT and GP practices to expand and improve the services they provide to local people and offering an improved working environment for staff."