30 November 2018, North

Official name announced for £12 million health centre


NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced that the official name of the new £12 million centre being built on the site of a former school in Barrow will be the Alfred Barrow Health Centre. 

More than 750 people submitted their choice of name for the centre after a poll was held recently.

NHS England and the CCG gave the public, patients and staff three options to choose from:

  • Alfred Barrow Health Centre
  • Alfred Barrow Primary Care Centre
  • Alfred Barrow Community Health and Care Hub


A poll was shared on social media and voting boxes were put in the waiting rooms of Abbey Road Surgery, Atkinson Health Centre and Risedale Surgery – the three surgeries moving into the health centre.

Dr Geoff Jolliffe, GP from Risedale Surgery in Barrow and NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Chair said: “I am delighted that so many members of the public got involved and took part in the poll for the naming of the new centre.

“The Alfred Barrow School is well known to the local people of Barrow so keeping Alfred Barrow in the name of the centre is important to the history of the area.”

The new BREEAM excellent facility is a 5,000m2 site developed through a Public Private Partnership Programme (Local Improvement Finance Trust - LIFT) led by Community Health Partnerships Ltd (CHP), working with its local joint venture partner eLIFT Cumbria Ltd.  This is an exciting project aimed at developing healthcare facilities that support the delivery of integrated care whilst creating an innovative workspace which departs from more conventional office layouts to help people focus on new ways of working and collaboration.    


As well as bringing together the primary and community health services provided by the three GP surgeries, the new health centre will also include services by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and house facilities for the North West Ambulance Service and BAE Systems.