London centre in the running for prestigious award

West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre

by Hannah Murdoch

A health and leisure centre built in an innovative partnership between the NHS and a local council has been shortlisted for an award.

West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre, in South London, has made it through to the final stage of the Health Service Journal Awards, in the “Improved Partnerships Between Health and Local Government” category.

The £14.2 million centre, which houses a swimming pool, fitness suite, GPs and a variety of community health services, was a joint project by Lambeth Council and health partners including NHS Property Services.

The top section of the 25-metre pool can be made shallower for use by children or aqua aerobics classes.

The top section of the 25-metre pool can be made shallower for use by children or aqua aerobics classes.

This year’s awards received more than 1,300 entries, and the final judging panel will take place next week.

Tony Griffiths, NHS Property Services’ Regional Director for London, said: “This is an exciting building which brings a variety of health-focused services, including a state of the art gym and swimming pool, together under one roof.

“This innovative approach has created a proper health hub for the people of West Norwood, and I think there is much to be gained from continuing to work with local authorities and other stakeholders to bring quality health and wellbeing provision into the hearts of local communities.”

NHS Property Services was responsible for commissioning the health suites within the building and will act as landlord to the healthcare providers, which will include two GP practices, community services and a dental school run by King’s College London.

The leisure centre, which includes a 25-metre swimming pool, dance studio and 100-workstation fitness suite, is operated by community leisure providers GLL.

The new GP reception area in the centre

The new GP reception area in the centre

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust will be providing community health services, while NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group is commissioning additional services including diabetes care.

Dental care will be provided by The Maurice Wohl Dental Academy – part of the prestigious King’s College London Dental Institute, while Lambeth Council will be opening a customer service centre in the premises, ensuring the site is a true one stop shop for local people.

See who won the HSJ Award here.