A new NHS health centre being built in the heart of Gateshead is improving access to services for local people.
A brand new £3m health centre designed to meet the health needs of the local population will be created as part of the £150m development of Gateshead’s Trinity Square by Spenhill, the regeneration subsidiary of Tesco.
A range of community health services including
lifestyle services such as stop smoking, weight management and sexual health will also be housed at the centre and construction work has started on site and is scheduled for completion by May 2013.
Peter Todd, head of capital projects for NHS South of Tyne and Wear, working on behalf of Gateshead Primary Care Trust (PCT) which is funding the building, said: “Trinity Square is going to be a real asset for the people of Gateshead bringing a range of health services under one roof in a convenient location.
“Our aspirations for the building are that will be environmentally friendly and offer a modern and welcoming environment for patients. The building is close to the main public transport links at the neighbouring Gateshead Interchange and will also improve disabled access.”
Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chair Dr Mark Dornan believes the new centre will help to improve access for local people.
Dr Dornan said: “The NHS health centre at Trinity Square is ideally located in central Gateshead which makes is accessible for patients who live in different parts of the town and helps to improve our services for harder to each groups.
It will house primary care services including two GP practices and a range of community services including lifestyle services such as stop smoking, weight management and sexual health. There will also be space for other services which can be used to meet the needs of Gateshead patients. Further services will be confirmed over the coming months. “
Trinity Square is one of the biggest regeneration schemes ever seen in the North East and is transforming the centre of Gateshead with a new town square, 45 retail units, offices, a student village with almost 1,000 beds and a Tesco Extra store.
Alan Baty, chair of Gateshead Primary Care Trust (PCT) said: “The NHS health centre will provide a one-stop-shop for a variety of healthcare and lifestyle services in a convenient location and is bringing care closer to home for patients offering them more flexible services and saving some a visit to hospital.”