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Patients and staff give their thoughts on London health centre furniture

An artist's impression of Parkview Centre for Health and Wellbeing

An artist's impression of Parkview Centre for Health and Wellbeing

by Hannah Murdoch

Future patients and staff of a new London health centre have been given a chance to test out the furniture for the building and have their say.

Parkview Centre for Health and Wellbeing in White City is due to open in 2014, and before the furniture is commissioned a showcase has been held at the local community centre to get people’s thoughts.

The well-attended event attracted residents from the local area, as well as healthcare and council staff who will be based in the new building.

Left to Right: Emma Ingram, Tashia Pillay and Severine Laftaly, from the Speech and Language Therapy Service at White City Health Centre, test out one of the seat options for the staff area

(L-R): Emma Ingram, Tashia Pillay and Severine Laftaly, from the Speech and Language Therapy Service at White City Health Centre, test out one of the seat options for the staff area

Tashia Pillay, who works in the Speech and Language Therapy team at nearby White City Health Centre, said: “This furniture will be a big improvement on what we have in our building now.

“Some of the occasional furniture would be good because it’s quite tactile and the children we work with will feel comfortable with it. We’re quite excited to move to the new offices next year.”

Her colleague Emma Ingram added: “We’re being asked for thoughts on the colour scheme too. It would be nice to have some sunny colours to put everyone in a good mood.”

Those attending the showcase were invited to submit their thoughts on a range of items from desks for staff, to chairs and tables for waiting areas and consulting rooms.

The event was organised by Linda Smith from NHS Property Services, who is part of the project team responsible for delivering the building next spring.

She said: “There’s a strong sense of community in White City and the residents have been working closely with us throughout this project.

Hannah Hockey from the Speech and Language Therapy team at White City Health Centre gives her verdict on a table and chair option for the waiting area

Hannah Hockey from the Speech and Language Therapy team at White City Health Centre gives her verdict on a table and chair option for the waiting area

“Choosing the furniture seems like the most fun part of commissioning a building, but we have to take it seriously as what we choose needs to be comfortable and practical.

“The feedback we’ve had from people who will be using this furniture has been really useful, as it’s enabled us to see the clear favourites, which we can now put on the shortlist.”

The development is being funded through a Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) initiative, led by West London Health Partnership in collaboration with NHS Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group, the Borough Council, Fulcrum Infrastructure Group, Notting Hill Housing and Galliford Try Partnerships.

As well as the two-storey health centre, it will provide 170 apartments as part of an affordable housing scheme, with space allocated on the development for a supermarket and pharmacy.