East Barnet Health Centre refurbishment

East Barnet Heatlh Centre, just prior to re-opening

East Barnet Heatlh Centre, just prior to re-opening

The newly refurbished East Barnet Health Centre welcomed back patients and visitors as it reopened its doors on Monday 19 October 2015.

NHS Property Services carried out a wholesale refurbishment of East Barnet Health Centre.

The works costing almost £1 million included improvements to disabled access and the addition of a lift (to be completed in November), new double-glazed windows and fresh new floors, ceilings, walls and furniture throughout to create a more pleasant environment for patients and staff.

The additional asbestos (the pink material) was located behind building infrastructure and proved difficult to remove.

The additional asbestos (the pink material) was located behind building infrastructure and proved difficult to remove.

Background

East Barnet Health Centre remained closed for 16 months while the works were undertaken and the GPs remained in temporary premises at Vale Drive, High Barnet,until the building reopened in October 2015.

We wrote to patients of the on-site GP practices to inform them of the works (letter from GPs; letter from us).

The project faced unforeseen delays when our asbestos specialists discovered a significant quantity of additional asbestos behind identified areas of the material, which then had to be removed in the interests of health and safety.

We wrote (with attachment) to patients to inform them of this delay.

The invasive works to remove additional asbestos caused cosmetic damage to the building, which would need extra work to put right, so NHS Property Services took the opportunity to see if the building could be improved long term.

The invasive works to remove additional asbestos caused cosmetic damage to the building, which would need extra work to put right, so NHS Property Services took the opportunity to see if the building could be improved long term.

The volume, locations and type of materials meant this extra asbestos was tricky to remove and caused significant cosmetic damage to the building, which made it impossible to reinstate services straight after as planned.

Decisions about the building’s future

With the building empty and the asbestos removed, NHS Property Services decided to take stock and see if more could be done to improve the building for patients into the future.

A statement was issued to explain these additional delays.

We looked at four options:

  1. “Make good” and restore the building to how it was before
  2. Full refurbishment including better disabled access, new decor and double glazing
  3. Build a brand new centre on the same site
  4. Make good in the short term but build a new centre at a later date

We presented these options to GPs and patients on 4 February 2015.

Refurbishment

The response from local people was overwhelmingly in favour of Option 2. We have therefore chosen to refurbish the building and we invited patients and staff of East Barnet Health Centre to follow our dedicated project updates on the right hand side of this page.

Building works were completed on schedule and the GPs moved back in and welcomed patients back into the Health Centre on Monday 19 October 2015.

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