15 October 2008,

Royalty to open state-of-the-art health centre in Retford

Royalty to open state-of-the-art health centre in Retford - 15th October 2008

Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust (PCT) and North Nottinghamshire Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) Company would like to invite members of the media to the official opening of Retford Primary Care Centre on Tuesday 21 October from 11.45am - 12.45pm.

Photo call of HRH The Duke of Kent unveiling a commemorative plaque will take place at 12.25pm.

Address: Retford Primary Care Centre, North Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 7XF

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG, will officially unveil the new £9.5m Retford Primary Care Centre next week.

The multi-million pound healthcare facility has been built on the Retford Hospital site on North Road. It was developed by North Nottingham Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) Company, a local development company, for Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust (PCT) under a 25-year public private partnership agreement to improve the health and social care premises across the district.

The new centre has been open for business since the start of the year, and serves approximately 24,200 patients from the town and surrounding area.

The two-storey 5,241m2 building houses three GP practices (Bridgegate Surgery, Tall Trees Surgery and Crown House Surgery) and a range of primary health care services, all under one roof. The building is connected to the hospital by an interlinking corridor.

Alongside the GPs based there, the new centre supplements the other services on site by providing purpose-built rehabilitation facilities including a physiotherapy department.

Community health services relocated into the new building from elsewhere in the surrounding area, including health promotion, health education and child therapy teams, along with new consulting and treatment rooms and a minor surgery suite.

A new pharmacy is also housed in the new facility.

Peter Jones, general manager of North Nottinghamshire LIFT Company says: "Retford Primary Care Centre is the seventh and largest new medical centre

North Nottinghamshire LIFT Company has developed. It completes our first phase of healthcare developments across North Nottinghamshire that have cost £34m to build. We're proud to be investing in not just bricks and mortar but also in the health of local people for generations to come."

"We're working with local primary care trusts and other partners to identify further suitable developments, as part of our ongoing partnership."

Dean Fathers, Chairman of Bassetlaw PCT comments: "This is the second primary health care centre to be opened in Bassetlaw. The centre provides excellent facilities for patients and I am delighted that the Centre is going to be opened by HRH Duke of Kent."

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For further information and to confirm attendance, please contact:

Joyce Kavanagh, corporate affairs officer, Bassetlaw PCT

Tel: 01777 863375

E-mail: joyce.kavanagh@bassetlaw-pct.nhs.uk

Note to editors

LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) is a government initiative to supplement investment in primary and community premises, some of which are in real need of modernisation.

This is being achieved locally through:

North Nottinghamshire LIFT Company Ltd, a public private partnership that is owned by private sector partner Primary Plus Ltd, two local primary care trusts (Nottinghamshire County and Bassetlaw) along with the Department of Health's Partnerships for Health. It was set up in 2005.

Six other North Nottinghamshire LIFT buildings, in Rainworth, Harworth, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Mansfield, Warsop and Balderton have recently been completed.

More information is available at: www.nnlift.co.uk