Local MP Gets Digging!

Ian Atkinson, Chief Operating Officer of NHS Sheffield and local MP Clive Betts brought their hard hats to work on 22nd December for a turf cutting ceremony in Darnall.

The ceremony celebrated the beginning of building work on the new medical centre and one-stop shop for community services on Main Road, Darnall.

The scheme has been commissioned by NHS Sheffield and is being delivered by Community 1st Sheffield to combine a range of medical services, including GP and nursing facilities, minor surgery and a pharmacy, whilst also providing a hub for the local community.

Ian Atkinson, Chief Operating Officer of NHS Sheffield and the Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I’m proud we are able to celebrate these plans to develop four new medical centres in Sheffield by 2013. We have developed them together with local GPs, partners and members of the community with the aim of providing modern, high quality and sustainable services for the future of healthcare in the city.”

Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts, said: “I am very pleased that the scheme is finally going ahead after a long campaign fought by the local community and myself. I would like to thank NHS Sheffield for the hard work they have put into the project and the excellent consultation work they have done with the local community. This will greatly improve the service local GPs can provide in Darnall.”

Neil Charlesworth, General Manager from Community 1st Sheffield said, “Community 1st is proud to be working with our local partners to deliver this important facility. It is exciting to see this much needed development get underway and provide local people with access to high quality health services in an innovative new building.”
Community 1st Sheffield has appointed Kier Northern to construct this new development which was designed by integrated design team Blue Sky Design Services www.blueskyinspired.co.uk.

The centre is due to be open to the public in early 2013.

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