05 February 2009,

Official Opening of Cudworth LIFT Centre

Official Opening of Cudworth LIFT Centre - 5th Feb 2009

The new health centre at Cudworth was officially opened on Saturday 29 November 2008 by Councillor Stephen Houghton C.B.E., Leader of BMBC and Tom Sheard, Chairman of NHS Barnsley. An opening ceremony took place at 10.45 am and was followed by a guided tour of the facility.

Representatives of the media were invited to attend for a photo opportunity during the ceremony and briefly afterwards.

Developed under the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) initiative, the centre will contribute significantly to the health, social and economic well being of the area. The Cudworth Centre is the latest health facility to have been built under the LIFT initiative following the successful opening of the Grimethorpe Centre on Monday 7 April 2008.

The Cudworth LIFT Centre houses 200 staff and provides a range of amenities covering general medical, community health and social services. In addition to four GP branch practices, visitors have access to local government services through the on site Barnsley Connects reception desk. Specialist services such as drug and alcohol, psychiatric, British Heart Foundation nurses, family planning, speech and language, dietetics and paediatrics are all also available.

Tom Sheard, NHS Barnsley Chair speaking about the centre said: "The Cudworth health centre is a great community based resource, providing numerous primary care services. Improvements in service delivery through this facility will ultimately help people receive a wider range of health services without having to travel further for additional care."

Stephen Houghton, BMBC Leader commented: "The Cudworth building brings together BMBC and local NHS services in a modern facility, which is fantastic for the community. I am delighted with its development and our presence will help provide people with a broader range of services."

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Note to Editors:

Barnsley Community Solutions (LIFTCo) Limited is a Public Private Partnership between Community Solutions for Primary Care, Barnsley Primary Care Trust, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Community Health Partnerships.

Press Contacts

David Witney, General Manager, Barnsley Community Solutions Email: david.witney@community-solutions.co.uk

Warren Taylor, Business Development Director, Community Solutions for Primary Care

Tel: 07813 056 056 Email: warren.taylor@community-solutions.co.uk