Today saw representatives of NHS Halton and St Helens joining key partners to mark the start of work on the new Castlefields Health Facility.
The 'turf cutting ceremony' was attended by Halton MP, Derek Twigg, the PCT Chair Jim Wilson, Local Councillors, staff, doctors and patients from the existing Castlefields Health Centre, including Dr Tony Frith, who has recently retired as a GP after 33 years dedicated service to the local population of Castlefields. Joining proceedings were representatives from the Castlefields Village Square Projects Lead Developer, the Plus Dane Group, Halton Borough Council and many other key partners.
Construction of the Primary Care Trust's exciting new Health Centre, which will be built by the PCT's LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) company, Renova Developments and Galliford Try began on 18 April 2011 with completion of the new build expected mid April 2012 with the centre operational from May 2012.
The new building will replace the existing Castlefields Health Centre and has been designed to be very flexible and will include a full range of consulting rooms, nurse treatment rooms and counselling rooms. A health promotion room will be used by larger groups for activities such as baby clinics, baby massage, smoking cessation, gentle exercise, weight management and dieticians.
Staff from the existing health centre and the Primary Care Trust are looking at all sorts of services that will be offered from the centre - and have been consulting widely with the local community on this.
Kelly Atkins, Practice Manager at the existing Castlefields Health Centre said "We are working very closely with the LIFT team, the PCT and our patient group on how best to utilise the impressive and modern space that will become available to us in the new building. We are eagerly awaiting its completion. We aim to further improve the health and wellbeing of our patients and are already in contact with several voluntary and public sector organisations exploring whether Halton LINk, citizens advice, probation, community police and housing could provide sessions within the new premises."
The new health facility is part of the Castlefields new Village Square development that is to include the re-provision of a community centre, retail units and housing and public transport infrastructure. The new site is approximately 500m from the existing health centre.
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