Work will begin this month on building four new medical centres, creating one-stop shops for local health and community services in Norfolk Park, Bluebell (Upper Wincobank), Foxhill and Darnall.
The schemes have been commissioned by NHS Sheffield and will be delivered by Community 1st Sheffield, with all four combining a range of medical services, including GP and nursing services, minor surgery facilities and pharmacies* whilst also providing a hub for the local community.
A partnership between NHS Sheffield, Sheffield City Council and Community 1st Sheffield, has ensured that the most appropriate sites were selected for these developments and that they will support investments already made to improve local housing, parks and other facilities for the communities involved.
Ian Atkinson, Chief Operating Officer at NHS Sheffield said:
“These plans have been developed with local GPs, partners and community groups and I am pleased to announce that work will now begin on providing the new centres which, in partnership with Community 1st, will provide modern and high quality services to patients and the local communities. The project is a positive step towards continuing to improve the health of Sheffield by creating sustainable facilities for the future of healthcare.”
Building work will begin on the sites next month with all four projects due to be completed by January 2013. Main contractor for Darnall Community Health Centre and Norfolk Park Medical Centre is Kier Northern Ltd and the construction of Bluebell and Foxhill Medical Centres will be delivered by Mansell Construction Services Ltd.
Neil Charlesworth, General Manager from Community 1st Sheffield said,
“Community 1st is proud to be working with our local partners to deliver these important facilities. It is exciting to see these much needed developments get underway and provide local people with access to high quality health services in innovative new buildings.”
Welcoming the development is Councillor Mary Lea, who added:
“These proposals are very welcome and will hopefully help the broader regeneration of these areas. The local community and local councillors want these proposals to help improve the health and wellbeing of residents in these areas and want to be involved in how we make these improvements. In some of these areas, existing wellbeing projects will move to the new buildings and they will work with health staff and local people to bring about improvements in health for the local community.”