£14.7m centre in Bransholme brings health, council and community services under one roof
A STATE-of-the-art health centre has been declared officially open in the heart of Bransholme.
The £14.7m building in Goodhart Road brings health, council and community services together under one roof.
Patients and residents have been using the centre and its services since September.
But officials gathered to officially declare Bransholme Health Centre open yesterday.
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Dr Tony Banerjee, chairman of the NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "I am delighted to see the new Bransholme Health centre opening at last.
"It looks absolutely magnificent and I hope local people will agree with me when I say it provides a much more modern, suitable and welcoming environment for care and treatment.
"This is a real step forward for the area, for our patients living here and for the health professionals working within the building.
"It has been a real joint effort between the NHS, Citycare, our clinicians and local residents, and one that has been well worth the wait."
Bransholme Health Centre is the 11th scheme to be completed as part of Hull's Local Improvement Finance Trust programme, delivered by Citycare – the partnership between NHS Hull and the Sewell Group.
It is a base for eight GP practices, as well as various other health services and a council customer service centre.
Jo Barnes, chief executive of developer Citycare, said: "Co-locating health, community and council services in this spectacular new building transforms public service delivery in Bransholme.
"Residents can access a massive range of advisory services from one location right in the heart of their community.
"We put a lot of focus in the design phase into making healing environments. We want people to feel comfortable in our building.
"The attention our team have taken to the interior design of this space makes people feel really welcome and at ease."
The new building also includes environmentally- friendly elements such as a rainwater harvesting system.
The harvesting tank collects rainwater, which is then treated in a plant room and reused as "grey water" to flush the toilets.
Patient Louise Stainton, 34, of Bransholme, said the centre has made a huge difference to residents and said the facilities are much improved.
She said: "The building is far better than the old one and Bransholme definitely needed it.
"It's not as packed because it's more spread out and it's a lot easier with everything under one roof.
"It's a massive building and you can see it from far away."