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New health facility for North Cumbria

Posted on Wednesday 27th March 2013
Dr Colin Patterson

Dr Colin Patterson

A new health centre for Stanwix has been given the go ahead by NHS Cumbria.

Design work for the centre is now complete, lease agreements are completed and building work is expected to start this Spring, 2013.

The new medical facility will be built on the site of the former Belah School in Carlisle. The land has been made available by Cumbria County Council to replacing the existing Stanwix Medical Practice premises which have been deemed generally inadequate for the service and do not provide disabled access.

Although initially planned to provide a small amount of branch surgery accommodation for Fusehill and St Pauls practices in the city, the final scheme will instead include accommodation for a full range of community clinics of which there are currently none in the north of the city, provided by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The building will however be future proofed, to provide services for an increasing population and to enable more health services to be based at the centre in the future as the city’s needs change.

A full planning application for the new health centre has been approved by city council planners, and building work is expected to begin summer 2013 with the facility open to patients early in 2014, subject to contracts.

The development is being built through a third party developer, specialist health building developer One Medical.

The lease for the health centre will be between the GPs, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the developer. The scheme is being delivered in conjunction with Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Louise Dodgeon, a GP at Stanwix Medical Centre said: "This is fantastic news for the North of Carlisle and we are absolutely delighted. Modern spacious premises will enable us to provide an increased range of services for our patients under one roof whilst facilitating closer working with other community health teams who will also use the building"


Dr Colin Patterson, interim lead GP for Carlisle said: “I am absolutely delighted that the final hurdle has been cleared and this project can proceed; this is a great opportunity for the GPs to work together with community and mental health services in modern, state of the art premises in an ideal location for their patients."

County councillor Stewart Young, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “It’s fantastic that the county council have been able to make this land available and we were very keen to work with our partners to help improve primary care facilities north of the city.”

Rachel Beverley-Stevenson, Chief Executive of One Medical said: “We are thrilled that all the hard work of NHS Cumbria, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. and particularly the partners and staff of Stanwix Medical Practice, has finally paid off. We are looking forward to making a start in the very near future and delivering an innovative and bespoke building that will provide the residents and patients of Stanwix with modern, purpose built healthcare facilities fit for the 21st century."
Posted on Wednesday 27th March 2013

 

 
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