September 6, 2008

Health Care Centres Get Green Light

Two new health centres have been given the go-ahead in Hull.

One will be the first public health facility to be built in Kingswood.

The other is earmarked for the Bilton Grange area of east Hull on a recently-cleared housing site.

Expected to open next year, both facilities will house relocated GP practices and other health treatment facilities.

They are the latest additions to Hull's Local Improvement Finance Trust (Lift) programme, which aims to transform primary care services across the city by replacing doctors' surgeries based in converted houses with modern purpose-built health centres.

The Kingswood centre, which will cost pounds2.5m, will be built on land north of Ings plantation and will form part of a new district centre serving the estate.

It is expected to house up to four GPs.

The Bilton Grange centre, which will cost pounds3.5m, will be built at Diadem Grove on land previously occupied by a block of council flats demolished two years ago.

An existing GP surgery in nearby Greenwich Avenue is expected to move into the centre when it is completed.

Both schemes are being developed by Citycare, the partnership between Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust and the Hull-based Sewell construction group.

Citycare chief executive Jo Barnes said: "Everyone involved with Citycare is delighted plans for new health centres in Kingswood and Bilton Grange have been given the green light.

"People in both areas deserve access to modern, state-of-the-art facilities and the realisation of both schemes will be another step in the modernisation of primary and community care in the city."

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