15 June 2011,

South East Essex LIFTCo - Two New Primary Care Centres in Westcliff

The exciting developments in North Road and Valkyrie Road will include a range of services including GPs, a pharmacy, blood taking and community nursing services. It is also hoped that the centres will become a community hub that can be used by local groups and residents.

By offering a greater range of services in fit-for-purpose buildings the centres will benefit residents who live in some of the most densely populated and deprived areas in south east Essex.

GPs have been totally supportive of these developments and have been involved throughout the design process.

Dr Wendy Cordess of West Road Surgery said: "Our patients and staff are both equally excited to be moving into a new building. We are sure that it will help us to maintain an excellent standard of patient care."

Dr George said: "As a Practice, we are very pleased that the North Road Primary Care Centre development is going ahead as proposed. We will be able to provide a better service for our patients in a modern environment. The new centre will provide a major boost to the health care provision for the residents of Westcliff and Southend area."

Mr Alan Joseph, Chairman of the Valkyrie Road Surgery Patient Group said: "On behalf of the patient group, I would like to share how delighted we are. Having worked so hard to get this result, the day has now arrived. The Valkyrie Patient Group looks forward to playing their part in looking after the welfare of the patients."

Margaret Hathaway, Commercial Director for the NHS in south Essex said: "I'm delighted the deal has finally been done and construction can commence, this is excellent news for local NHS services and the population of Westcliff who will benefit from the new health centres for many years"

Kate Bargery, Assistant General Manager South East Essex LIFTCo said: "We are delighted to have reached Financial Close on the schemes. It means that work can now begin on both sites and the local community are one step closer to benefitting from new state of the art premises in which to receive 1st class healthcare close to home. We are confident that the new facilities will be something local people can be proud of, our aim has always been to provide the community with an accessible, modern and pleasant to use health center."

For further information please contact South East Essex LIFTCo