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Official opening for £2million health centre in Cornwall

Sherryl Murray MP and the Mayor of Torpoint, Mike Pearn, unveil a commemorative plaque.

by Alex Cameron

Patients have welcomed a £2million health centre in Cornwall that was officially opened last week.

Local MP Sheryll Murray unveiled a commemorative plaque at Penntorr Health, a purpose-built facility in Torpoint that is home to the Rame Group GP practice and other services formerly based at the Hooper Street Health Clinic.

Ms Murray, who was a receptionist at the previous Rame Group practice site, said: “Having previously worked in the NHS for over 20 years, I understand the need to improve local access to health services – and speaking to staff and patients today it is already clear to see the impact that Penntorr Health is having.”

Penntorr Health, Cornwall

Penntorr Health, Cornwall

NHS Property Services is one of the partners involved in developing the facility, which has been operational since mid-February and enables more patients to be seen, diagnosed and treated closer to home, while encouraging closer working relationships between healthcare providers.

Penntorr Health will also offer a range of high quality community clinic services, as well as being a base for district nursing teams and home to a new minor surgery unit and a Lloyds Pharmacy.

South Western Ambulance Service has dedicated facilities on-site for its staff and will be using the centre as a response base.

The project was delivered by public private partnership (LIFT company) Community 1st Cornwall, in partnership with NHS Property Services, NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, Peninsula Community Health, Community Health Partnerships (CHP), South West Ambulance Services NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) and the Rame Group GP practice.

Sherryl Murray MP, Mayor of Torpoint Mike Pearn and staff of Rame Group GP practice.

Sherryl Murray MP, Mayor of Torpoint Mike Pearn and staff of Rame Group GP practice.

James Wakeham at NHS Property Services, which is providing a property management service at the site, said: “We have been pleased to work with CHP and tenants through the commissioning phase of this centre, which will bring great benefits to local patients.

“This project shows that many different partners can work effectively together to deliver a first class facility – congratulations to all those involved.”

Relocated clinics and groups, previously based at Hooper Street, Torpoint, include:

  • MSK / Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • District Nurses/Community Nurses
  • Speech and Language Therapy (Adults)
  • RCHT Development/Hearing Assessments
  • Regional Hearing Services
  • Orthotics
  • Cardiac
  • Stroke
  • RCHT Hearing Assessment Clinic
  • Torpoint Gaspers

The building’s design includes a single main reception, shared clinical areas, staff facilities and administration areas to make the best use of space.

Representatives of service providers at Penntorr Health in one of the clinical rooms.

Representatives of service providers at Penntorr Health in one of the clinical rooms.

Ken Jones, general manager at Community 1st Cornwall, added: “Penntorr Health marks an exciting change in the way health services are delivered to the people of Torpoint and we are thrilled to be part of such an important project and see local people having access to top quality health services all under one roof.”

Antek Lejk, executive director at Community Health Partnerships said: “We are proud to have supported the Torpoint health economy, addressing both financial and clinical challenges by working with key partners to align the estate with new service delivery models.”

Rame Group family GP Lawrence Barnes said: “The facility at Penntorr offers us the opportunity to provide first class general practice to the people of the Rame Peninsula from state of the art premises.

“It allows us to integrate care with other team members and due to the capacity of the building, to invite hospital colleagues to run clinics, perform investigations and carry out procedures closer to our patients’ homes.”

Anne Jones, of LloydsPharmacy, added: “We know many people who suffer from long-term health conditions don’t always want to go to their doctor every time they have a question.

“We’re able to support the work of GPs and other healthcare professionals at Penntorr Health and the surrounding area by offering convenient, one-to-one care that our local residents need and deserve.”

The official opening took place on March 19, 2015.