th12 April 2006
Lowe House Primary Care Resource Centre
St Helens Primary Care Trust has given the green light to ambitious plans for a modern, state-of-the art community health centre in the heart of a major regeneration area.
Approval has been given to drive forward the development of the Lowe House Primary Care Resource Centre under the umbrella of LIFT – the Local
Improvement Finance Trust.
The centre will provide a focal point for the ongoing regeneration of the Duke Street area of St Helens and that will enhance the main Western gateway approach into St Helens town centre.
The building will occupy the site at the corner of Crab Street and Oxford Street and will house up to four GP practices and a range of community based health and social care facilities.
Covering an area of 3,600 sq metres, the PCT and partners are working on the development of a building that will provide health promotion and education alongside diagnostic services, family planning, a community gym and Local Authority run services.
An open day has already been held for members of the public to express their views about the services they would like to see within the centre and this work will be developed during coming weeks as architects embark on the design of the new facility.
A public participation group will meet at the beginning of May and will be an integral part of the development process, driving forward the planning and design process to ensure the needs of the local community are met.
“This building will be the jewel in the crown of the Duke Street regeneration
plans,” said Rebecca Burke Sharples Chief Executive of St Helens Primary Care Trust.
“We intend to provide a building that meets the needs of the local community in an imaginative and practical way. Key to the success of this development is the commitment to partnership working.
“A great deal of our success to date has been the direct result of this commitment and we are delighted that we are now on the way to providing such an exemplar facility in this area of St Helens.”
Cllr John Fletcher, Executive Member for Urban Regeneration: "These state of the art medical facilities will help to improve the health of the population, providing modern services in appropriate buildings in locations where they are required. This public and private sector project is yet another prime example of how partnership working is benefiting our community.”
It is anticipated that financial close on the development will be achieved by the summer of 2007 and building work will take approximately 18 months.
If anyone wants to become a part of the public participation group driving forward this work they should contact Louise Williams, Patient Public Involvement manager at St Helens PCT on 01744 457387. For more
information on the project please contact Judith Nicholson, LIFT Programme Manager on 01744 457268.
For further media information please contact Angela Green, Head of
Communications/Involvement at St Helens PCT on 01744 457240.