Plans for a long awaited new primary healthcare centre in High Wincobank are taking a significant step forward with the submission of a completed proposal for planning permission.
The proposed new premises on Wincobank Avenue will replace the existing Bluebell Medical Centre onBluebell Road. The practice team will keep the long established name of the practice and continue their patient-centred philosophy.
The planned state-of-the art facility will allow NHS Sheffield and the staff at Bluebell to continue to deliver a high quality service to the local community, but also enable them to develop these further with more staff, better access for the disabled and elderly and a modern therapy and treatment suite.
There will also be a large multipurpose space that can be used for meetings and group sessions looking at physical fitness, mental wellbeing and healthy lifestyle choices. These meeting rooms will also be available to local community groups.
Simon Kirk, Director of Strategy for NHS Sheffield, said: “This is a great opportunity for High Wincobank residents to come and see the plans for the new health centre.
“It’s part of NHS Sheffield’s vision to expand the range of healthcare services inSheffieldand improve access to services for local communities and this new development will helpusdeliver this for local people.”
The development of the new medical centre is being led by NHS Sheffield as part of the LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) investment programme in Sheffield by NHS Sheffield’s LIFT partner, Community 1st Sheffield.
This will deliver the most significant investment in primary healthcareand community facilities in recent years.
The local community are invited to come along and view the plans and images of the proposed new facility on display on Tuesday 16th June and Wednesday 17th June from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm each day, at Bluebell Medical Centre.
The Bluebell team, NHS Sheffield and Community 1st Sheffield are keen to hear views and opinions about this exciting development and representatives will be available to answer your questions at the two events so pleasepop along to have your say.
Neil Charlesworth, General Manager of Community 1st Sheffield, said: “We are very excited to be at the stage where the local community can see the plans for what will be a fantastic new community facility for the area. There are a few more hurdles, such as planning approval, to get through but Community 1st look forward to the construction of another high quality health facility and the continued successful partnership with NHS Sheffield, making their investment plans for improved infrastructure a reality.”
The site for the proposed new centre on Wincobank Avenue is only a stones throw away from the existing Bluebell surgery on Bluebell Road so there will be no disruption for current patients of the surgery. Subject to the planning approval consent it is anticipated that construction work will commence on the new premises in early 2010.