Construction of borough’s first polyclinic gets started

Posted on November 19, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Polyclinics |

Yellow Advertiser | By Suzi Muston | NHS Havering | 19 November 2009

UPMINSTER MP Angela Watkinson was guest of honour at the ground breaking of NHS Havering’s first polyclinic on Friday. 

The £4million clinic, which is scheduled to open in March 2010, will house a number of health services including a minor injuries unit, X-ray and GP services. 

It will be open every day of the year and patients will be able to walk in and see a doctor, nurse or other clinician, between 8am and 8pm, regardless of where they are registered. 

It is hoped the clinic will reduce waiting times in local accident and emergency services. 

Other services will include stroke rehabilitation, guidance on managing long term conditions such as diabetes, and help with health issues such as obesity and smoking. 

A cafe and internet access will also feature in the new centre, along with space that can be used by voluntary and community groups. 

Nursing students from the nearby London South Bank University will also receiving practical teaching in the polyclinic. 

The ground breaking marked the end of the demolition phase and the start of the construction phase of the development on Gubbins Lane, Harold Wood. 

The site was chosen because there is a shortage of GPs in the Harold Wood area. 

An extra three doctors will join the existing number of GPs currently available in Havering.



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