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Health Minister officially opens Colne Health Centre

Andrew Stephenson MP; Dan Poulter, Health Minister; Alison Toon, Centre Manager; Dr Phil Huxley, East Lancashire CCG; Mayor & Mayoress of Pendle and Kathyrn Berry, Regional Director (North) for NHS Property Services

by Chris Cunniff

Health Minister Dan Poulter visited Colne this week to officially launch a brand new £4m state-of-the-art health centre in the town.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health joined Kathryn Berry from NHS Property Services, Dr Phil Huxley from East Lancashire CCG and Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson at the launch of Colne Health Centre at its new site on Craddock Road. DSC_9052

The event was attended by over 30 people, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle, local dignitaries and representatives from services within the building.

The new premises in the centre of Colne is owned and managed  by NHS Property Services and opened its doors to patients in May, with services from three GP practices moving over from the former site In Market Street.

The centre offers a full complement of primary medical (GP) community services including podiatry, sexual health and speech and language.

It has its own car park and is fully accessible for patients, with two lifts leading from the main reception to the first floor. It also has a dedicated outpatients suite, internal pharmacy, district nurses base and treatment rooms.

Kathryn Berry, Regional Director (North) for NHS Property Services, said: “It’s so good to see the new health centre open for patients, visitors and staff. This will help the delivery of innovative new services in Colne and it is a huge credit to everyone who has been involved in its planning.

“I’d like to thank Dan Poulter for taking time to visit the centre and helping us to officially mark the opening of Colne health centre, which I’m sure will become a valuable asset to the local community.

Colne Health Centre

“The scheme blends functionality with flexibility, giving the practices and other services attractive and fit for purpose facilities in which they can grow further. We are really pleased with the finished result and would like to thank everyone who has been part of this exciting new development.”

Dan Poulter said: “£4million has been invested in this new health centre and we have got fantastic and dedicated frontline staff looking after patients in this area. GPs, podiatrists, speech and language therapists, district nurses – they are now being supported with a government investment in a fantastic new facility.

“This is exactly how the NHS should look and needs to look in many other towns and cities. It is great that Colne can lead the way.

“In particular it has been the hard work of the local NHS staff that has made this a reality, but also the hard work of Andrew Stephenson, the local MP, who made sure that investment came to Colne.”