09 November 2009,

North Staffs LIFT - Plans Approved for State of the Art £14m Health Centre

Proposals for the new £14 million Cobridge Community Health Centre in Stoke-on-Trent have been given the go ahead.

Stoke on Trent City Council have approved proposals for the new centre which will be built on land off Elder Road in Cobridge.

The exciting scheme is part of NHS Stoke on Trent's commitment to improving access to Primary Care and state-of-the-art facilities will serve a population of up to 100,000 patients in the local area.

The facility will bring three GP practices together and a range of additional health services onto one site including X rays, a chest clinic and a district nursing team.

  • Relocation of three GP surgeries (Apsley House, Dr Parikh's Sneyd Surgery and Dr Pathak's Waterloo Surgery)

  • Podiatry

  • Physiotherapy

  • District Nursing

  • Health visiting

  • School nursing

  • Asylum Seeker Health Team

  • Speech and language therapy

  • Occupational therapy

  • Contraception and sexual health services

  • Sexual Assault Referral Centre

  • Blood tests

  • Chest clinic

  • X-ray

  • Out-patient clinics

Local resident Bernard Wragg, a tireless campaigner for the new health care centre, said: "I am over the moon to see the proposals going through. We the residents have worked so hard in conjunction with NHS Stoke on Trent over the last few years and it is fantastic news to see the plans moving onto the next stage. I can't wait to see the foundations being laid and the building going up. It is a flagship development for Cobridge and will bring major regeneration to the area."

The plans have been praised by Urban Vision North Staffordshire, the architecture and urban design centre who work with partners to promote high quality architecture and urban design.

Graham Urwin, Chief Executive of NHS Stoke on Trent stressed that the consultation with the local community and key stakeholders for the past two years has helped shape the scheme:

He said: "Community involvement is an important aspect of the planning process. We would like to thank the local community for partaking in the consultation process and their views have helped to shape the scheme."

"We are committed to improving the overall health of the community and the approval of the plans helps us move closer to meeting our objective."

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