11 February 2008,

Southport Centre for Health & Wellbeing opens

Southport Centre for Health & Wellbeing opens

Southport Centre for Health & Wellbeing opened its doors on January 7th 2008, and has received widespread acclaim from Sefton PCT, patients and staff.

Iain McInnes, one of the first patients to receive treatment at the Centre, said: "It is very nice, bright and modern. It doesn't feel like you are going into a clinical building, which makes it more comfortable for patients."

Construction on the project commenced on October 23rd 2007, and the building was officially handed over to the PCT on December 17 2007. Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership worked with Sefton PCT at all stages of the project, to ensure that the building reflected the vision of the PCT for health care services in the 21st Century.

Paul Acres, Chair of Sefton PCT, said: "We are pleased that we have such an outstanding facility that will bring together a wide range of core clinical services located in one purpose built centre. We are aiming to make access to healthcare as easy as possible for everyone in Sefton and this centre is an excellent example of how we are working towards achieving this goal."

Graham Pink, Chief Executive of Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership stated that he was "delighted that the building has received acclaim from the PCT and patients alike", and that over the coming years, the Company's aim is to deliver new state-of-the-art health care facilities across Sefton & Liverpool.

Thousands of Sefton residents will use the centre every year. The phlebotomy service and nurse treatment rooms are the first services to open their doors to patients, with more services moving in over the next few weeks. This includes children's audiology, podiatry, leg ulcer, family planning and diabetes clinics, as well as community dental services. There will also be specialist services for people recovering from strokes, such as a therapy gym.

The centre is expected to be fully operational by mid February and an official opening will take place later in the year.