Blackpool’s new £8m GP centre in ‘area of town suffering with premature death’

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Blackpool Council is set to fund a new £8million health centre to treat patients who are ‘amongst the highest users of A&E services across the Fylde Coast’

 

Artist’s impression of the new Adelaide Street health centre
Artist’s impression of the new Adelaide Street health centre (Image: LDRS)

An £8million health centre is set for construction in Blackpool town centre after council chiefs agreed to front up the cash for the project..

The scheme, which got planning permission back in February 2019, will see a three-storey medical centre constructed on Adelaide Street, replacing the Adelaide Street Surgery and South King Street Surgery.

The new facilities will serve around 20,000 patients in one of the most deprived areas of the resort where many residents end up in A&E when their health reaches crisis point.

The council will fund the investment through borrowing and has agreed a 32 year lease with the NHS.

Steve Thompson, director of resources at Blackpool Council, told a meeting of the executive that the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) could not own assets.

He said: “So we have worked with them towards building this £8m scheme.”

A report to the executive, which agreed the recommendations, says it will serve an area with “some of the most deprived populations with extremely complex health needs”.

The report adds: “A significant number of patients come into the area transiently and suffer with isolation, loneliness, mental health, drug and alcohol issues.

“It is an area with health inequalities where people suffer from premature death in comparison to other towns in the United Kingdom.”

Part of the site was previously occupied by the former Comrades Club which has been demolished.

The three-storey facility will have a ground-floor pharmacy, GP consulting rooms, treatment rooms, facilities for trainee consultants, staff offices, and change and meeting rooms.

It is also hoped it will help in the recruitment of GPs by offering better facilities.