The event at the soon-to-be new Glebefields Neighbourhood Health Centre, St Marks' Road, Tipton marked the start of construction on the £6.5million project between Sandwell Primary Care Trust, Sandwell Council and Sandwell LIFTCo Limited.
The work is part of the Right Care Right Here programme and will be a one-stop-shop for health services including:
three GP practices
speech and language therapists
Citizen's Advice Bureau
Practice Nurses will have the facilities to provide specialised services for patients such as
stop smoking services
diabetes and asthma clinics
Speaking at the event, Richard Nugent, Chair of Sandwell Primary Care Trust said: "With such a variety of health and well being services all under one roof, today's ceremony marks the start of what will be a fantastic asset to the people of Tipton, and the wider community of Sandwell."
Cllr Bob Badham, council cabinet member for transport and regeneration, said: "This is an important and impressive project which complements a host of other major regeneration projects across Sandwell, from health and housing to business, retail and leisure."
Speaking on behalf of Sandwell LiftCo, Mike Nicklin said: "We are proud to be associated with this project as it is an excellent example of local organisations working together for the benefit of local communities."
The new health centre will take approximately 15 months to build, with an anticipated opening during summer 2011.
For further details please contact - Sandwell LIFTCo Limited.