By Accountable Care Journal-
A traditional ground breaking ceremony took place on Friday 20 July to mark the first official day of construction of a new health centre in Dulwich.
The Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Catherine Rose, and Dulwich and West Norwood MP Helen Hayes joined Malcolm Hines, Director of Finance for NHS Bexley, Bromley and Southwark CCGs and Malcolm Twite, Chief Commercial Officer, Community Health Partnerships in turning the first turf at the site of the old Dulwich Hospital.
Malcolm Hines, Director of Finance for NHS Bexley, Bromley and Southwark CCGs said: “We are delighted that work is underway on this exciting new health centre which will bring significant benefits for patients and residents of Southwark. The new Dulwich health centre will play an essential part in the transformation of primary and community health and wellbeing services across south Southwark, and will serve as a fit for purpose health hub for the local community. ”
The £16.8 million new development will provide modern healthcare facilities to integrate a range of primary care services, children's services, some diagnostics, a physiotherapy unit, a renal dialysis unit, community mental health services and services for patients with long-term conditions.
The Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Catherine Rose said: “It’s exciting to see the construction of the health centre getting underway. It will provide a whole range of services in one location and is set to become an integral part of the local community. ”
Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, said: "A new health centre has been needed in Dulwich for more than 20 years, and I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve got to this really important milestone. This has been a genuine collaboration between the local community, the council and the NHS. The new health centre will provide a fantastic setting for the delivery of the NHS services everyone in our local area relies on. ”
The design, build, funding and operation of the new health centre will be through the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme – a public private partnership (PPP) led by Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and working in collaboration with Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, and the local LIFT partner: South London Health Partnership.
Malcolm Twite, Chief Commercial Officer at Community Health Partnerships said: “This is an exciting phase in our partnership as building work begins in earnest of a new healthcare facility for patients and residents of Dulwich. We are proud to support Southwark CCG in delivering an important part of its out of hospital programme and bringing care closer to home for patients. Working with our local delivery partner, South London Health Partnership, our LIFT public private partnerships continue to be a valuable delivery and funding mechanism for infrastructure in the health sector. ”
Stephen Spall from South London Health Partnership also said: “South London Health Partnership (SLHP) is proud to work in partnership with Southwark CCG and CHP in delivering and managing this modern health centre for the people of Dulwich. It is the culmination of many years of work with partners to deliver a facility that meets the needs of the residents of Dulwich both now and in the future. SLHP will manage the construction of the facility and once operational, maintain it to the highest levels to give the residents of Dulwich a health centre they can be proud off for many years to come. ”
Robert Parks, Lay Member and Chair of the Dulwich Programme Board, said: “As a long-standing Dulwich resident, I look forward to the new health centre benefitting not just the local community in Dulwich, but a much wider area of South Southwark, and for generations to come. It’s wonderful to see that construction has begun and that the building will be open and providing services in the near future. ”
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