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Liverpool PCT begins to build Neighbourhood Health Centre

Liverpool Primary Care Trust : 02 February, 2012  (Company News)
Work is beginning on a £5 million Neighbourhood Health Centre in Kensington, Liverpool that will not only provide enhanced health services to patients but will be an important part of the wider regeneration of the area.
Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT) unveiled its plans for a landmark building opposite St Cyprian's church on the junction of Edge Lane, During Road and Holt Road, last year. The state-of-the-art building will house a range of health services, including dental, pharmacy, childhood immunisations and vaccinations,

and phlebotomy (blood tests).

The centre will also provide patients with longer opening hours for GP services. Kensington Park General Practice and Edge Hill Health Centre (which are currently located in temporary cabins at the old reservoir site and in Edge Hill Medical Centre), will be moving into the new centre.

Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool PCT, said: "This is an exciting development for the people of Kensington and forms a key part of plans to regenerate the surrounding area".

"I'm delighted patients in the area will now have access to a much wider range of health services in a building that befits them. Historically, Kensington has not enjoyed the same good health as other parts of the city and we hope this centre will act as a catalyst for driving health and wellbeing improvements."

Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said: "I'm really pleased that work on this fantastic scheme is now underway. The new centre will provide an invaluable resource for local people and is the latest piece in the jigsaw for Kensington’s regeneration".

"Improving people's health is an important part of the regeneration of our neighbourhoods, and this centre will give the community better access to first-class health services. It's an important step forward during Liverpool's Decade of Health and Wellbeing."

The Kensington scheme is part of Liverpool PCT’s wider vision for 'A New Health Service for Liverpool', which has seen millions of pounds invested in purpose-built or improved facilities across the city. New developments have already opened in Everton, Breeze Close, Picton, Yewtree, Oriel Drive, Speke, Childwall and Garston. Work is currently underway on two schemes in Anfield and one in Princes Park.

Graham Pink, Chief Executive of LSHP, said: "We are delighted that the building work has begun for this important new health centre, which will provide members of the local community with modern, friendly and easily accessible healthcare services, located close to where they live. It will be a huge asset for everyone living in the community and its surrounding areas."

Dr Nadim Fazlani and Dr Gopal Goenka from Edge Hill Health Centre, said: "Edge Hill Health Centre has been established in the local area for the past 50 years and has seen many changes, it is hoped that when we move to the new site that we can continue to serve the local area for the next 50 years."

It is estimated that Kensington Neighbourhood Health Centre would be completed by early 2013. The centre forms part of the wider regeneration of the area, including the £350 million Edge Lane Project, which includes work to create a dual carriageway along the full length of Edge Lane, new housing, over 1,000,000 square feet of new and refurbished commercial and retail floorspace and community facilities.
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