£15m super surgery may open a year early

Posted on September 4, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories |

Scunthorpe Telegraph | North Lincolnshire PCT | 4 September 2009

A STATE-of-the-art health centre could start appearing on Scunthorpe’s West Street as early as next summer.

But an interim centre offering walk in GP care has had to be delayed by health bosses after asbestos was found to be widespread in the Market Hill site.

Both are intended to head off health inequalities and prevent deprivation in the Crosby area of Scunthorpe.

Three GPs are now set to start work there on November 1 before five GP surgeries move into the integrated health and social care centre on West Street in late 2011.

The £15-million state-of-the-art new centre will be built on part of the Allenby Street car park and will also include adult services staff from North Lincolnshire Council.

Once finished, the centre will open 8am to 8pm every day and will include about 100 health staff and 43 council workers. These are all existing jobs.

It is also set to create construction jobs for local builders.

Geoff Day, programme director for NHS North Lincolnshire, said: “We’re very happy to have secured the West Street site.

“This location was our preferred site because of not just its accessibility but also its closeness to many of the people who need the services most.

“NHS North Lincolnshire is working hard to combat health inequalities in the area and this new centre is the next step in providing services that meet the needs of our local community.”

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