New health centre needs a name

Posted on July 31, 2009. Filed under: News stories |

Hartlepool Mail | By Peter Tennick | 31 July 2009

PEOPLE are being given the chance to come up with a name for a new £18m health centre.

FINAL FLAGSTONE: Left to right, Steve Wallace, MP Iain Wright, Chris Willis, chief executive NHS Hartlepool, and Ali Wilson.

FINAL FLAGSTONE: Left to right, Steve Wallace, MP Iain Wright, Chris Willis, chief executive NHS Hartlepool, and Ali Wilson.

The final work has been completed on the outside of the new health centre in Park Road, Hartlepool, after Hartlepool Primary Care Trust chairman Steve Wallace laid the last flagstone during a ceremony in the creation of the state-of-the-art facility.

Work is now starting on the inside of the building and health chiefs say they are on course to open the centre, on the former Barlow’s site, in May next year.

Bosses are asking people to come up with a name for the building and the winner will be in line for a prize.

Ali Wilson, director of health systems development, said: “It is a flagship community development and that’s why we want to engage the public.

“It is their building in the centre of their town and we want to find a name people want to associate with the building.”

As a prize the Life Centre at High Tunstall College of Science has provided a six-month gold membership to allow the competition winner to use the swimming pool, gym and take part in a range of classes for free.

The three-storey building will have three GP practices, community dentistry, pharmacy, sexual health, diagnostics, audiology and respiratory services. The centre will also have a gait assessment area, the first in Hartlepool, for people with back and leg problems.

Health bosses have also commissioned the creation of and extension at the front of the building for a £2m minor injuries unit.

The unit, which will extend the front of the building to the roadside, will be equipped to deal with patients suffering with cuts, bruises, breaks and sprains.

Ms Wilson said: “It is on target in terms of time and funding on everything and we still expect to open the doors in May 2010.”

People can post suggestions to Nicky Easby, Internal Communications Officer, Communication & Engagement Team, NHS Hartlepool, Riverside House, High Force Road, Middlesbrough, TS2 1RH, or email nicky.easby@middlesbroughpct.nhs.uk

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