04 June 2007,

Sandwell LIFT reaches stage 1 approval for a new medical centre for Tipton

New medical centre for Tipton given the green light.

A brand new £8.2m state-of-the-art health centre for the residents of Tipton is a step closer to becoming a reality. Plans for the Glebefields Health Centre development, the biggest to date by Sandwell LIFT Company, has now been approved by Sandwell Primary Care Trust (PCT). It will be built under a 30-year public private partnership agreement.

Subject to local authority planning approval by planners the purpose-built facility will be developed on a brown-field site near to the outdated health centre on St Marks Road. Building work is expected to start early next year and will take 18 months to complete.

In the meantime the existing GP surgeries and PCT services will remain at the St Marks Road site. The new Glebefields Health Centre is planned to house an expanded range of primary health services including three GP practices and community clinics, along with a pharmacy, dental and foot health services and a GP referral centre.

Steve Maleham, general manager of Sandwell LIFT Company says: "We are delighted our biggest centre to date has now been given the go ahead. We will continue to work hand in hand with our colleagues at Sandwell PCT to ensure it becomes a reality as soon as possible for the residents of Tipton. Including this new development we will have invested a total of £17m in new healthcare facilities for the people of Sandwell and have plans for much more."

Richard Nugent, chair of Sandwell PCT, said: "This is great news for local patients. This new facility is set to provide better access to a range of community health services, all within a modern and welcoming environment closer to their homes."