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Great Harwood health centre to open for patients this month
A LONG-awaited new health centre for Great Harwood is finally set to open for patients later this month.
MP Graham Jones has hailed the news as a ‘remarkable turnaround’, after the £3.1million project had looked ‘completely lost’ three years ago.
Built on the old Albion Mill site in Water Street, the ‘state-of-the-art’ facility will house three GP surgeries, Great Harwood Medical Group, The Royle Practice, and Drs P and H Valluri, which are based at the current, smaller health centre, slightly further up the street.
The new centre was initially planned to open in 2010, but was shelved when health chiefs said it was not affordable in the wake of the financial crisis. Mr Jones, Hyndburn MP, said: “When I was elected I said that this project was my number one priority. It’s been a remarkable turnaround because at one stage the project had looked completely lost. “When the scheme collapsed there was talk of a smaller replacement.
“But between the residents and I, we’ve managed to get a substantial facility which should last for 50 years.”
Dr Mike Ions, the chief clinical officer of East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Patients in Great Harwood have waited a long time for this.
“But they will be getting a superb, new health centre providing state of the art facilities fit for 21st century healthcare, and which will help support GP commissioners in responding to health needs of the local population”.
Richard Jones, area team director for NHS England in Lancashire, said: “We know how important primary care services and in particular GP practices are to people’s health and wellbeing.
“Great Harwood is a great example of how we are continually working with local clinical staff and the public to make sure that services are improved.”
Part of a the new car park will be open by the end of the month, with the remainder finished by the end of the year.
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