Opening of £3million West Lancashire Health Centre

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories, Providers | Tags: |

Ormskirk Advertiser | By Janine Yaqoob | NHS Central Lancashire | 3 December 2009

A NEW £3million state-of-the-art health centre has opened in Ormskirk.

West Lancashire Health Centre, based at Ormskirk & District General Hospital, officially opened its doors on Monday and is expected to improve health services for people across the district.

The centre provides pre-booked and drop-in GP services from 8am until 8pm, seven days a week for both registered ad unregistered patients.

Drop-in advice and treatment for minor injuries is also available all week, from 8am until 10pm. This includes blood tests and x-rays.

Launching later this month will be a GP out-of-hours service.

Also opening in December will be NHS dental services, including an emergency service from 10am until 10pm all week. This service will offer NHS places for 11,700 people.

Peter Tinson, Assistant Director of Commissioning at NHS Central Lancashire, said: “It is great the see the health centre finally up and running after over 12 months of work.

“It looks great, really modern, fresh and welcoming.

“People will be able access health services seven days a week, from morning until night.

“Next week the dentist surgery will open and I would encourage people to register for the service as there are still a number of places available.”

One of the first people to use the facility was Joanne Owen from Skelmersdale.

She said: “The new centre is clean, colourful and much better than facilities than there was before.

“The staff are very helpful and it is easily accessible.”

MP Rosie Cooper said: “I am absolutely delighted that having campaigned hard for improved health services the doors are open on the new £3million health care facility, as promised.

“The people of the area deserve nothing less.”

The centre will run by the West Lancashire Partnership. This is a partnership of the West Lancashire out-of-hours GP service (OWLS) and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

For more information about services please call 0800 032 2424 or 01695 588 059.

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