12 February 2010,

Sandwell LIFT - Local Chiefs Start Construction on £6.5m Health Centre

Sandwell Primary Care Trust and Sandwell Council have moved one step closer to opening a brand new state of the art health centre after a special sod-cutting event today.

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:

  • pharmacy

  • opticians

  • dentist

  • three GP practices

  • community nurses

  • 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

  • antenatal clinics

  • baby 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.