The contractual arrangements between Community 1st Sheffield and NHS Sheffield for the construction of four new primary care centres in Sheffield have been finalised and building works are now expected to commence within the next few weeks.
After a long pause and changing timescales, the four schemes were given a ‘go ahead’ by the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) in July 2011 and now the projects have successfully reached a financial close.
The four schemes will be delivered by the LIFT partnership and will be located in the Norfolk Park, Bluebell, Darnall and Foxhill areas of Sheffield.
Bluebell Medical Centre will be located on Wincobank Avenue and will replace the existing outdated Bluebell GP surgery. NHS Sheffield anticipates that in addition to general medical services the medical centre will provide access to therapy services and minor surgery facilities. It is also intended that group rooms will be bookable for community use.
Foxhill Medical Centre will be located at the junction of Fox Hill Road and Fox Hill Crescent and will replace the existing premises on Halifax Road. The new purpose-built medical centre will unite medical, nursing and therapy services and will provide the capacity to accommodate a pharmacy and group meeting rooms.
Darnall Community Health Centre will be located on Main Road replacing the existing premises on Darnall Road and will house general medical and therapy services whilst also providing the ‘hub’ for a number of community health services.
Norfolk Park Medical Centre will replace the existing premises on Tower Drive and will be located at the top of Park Grange Road. This scheme is part of a priority plan for improving the infrastructure and regeneration in the Norfolk area. The new centre will support the provision of an improved range of services for local people and will allow staff to continue to deliver a high quality service to the local community.