|Building Work Begins on New White City Health Centre|
Offering collaborative care to 10,000 local people from 2014
Building work has begun on a new state-of-the-art health and social care centre for White City.
The first brick was laid on the new one-stop-shop for health, social care and children’s services by officials from the local council, NHS, Fulcrum Infrastructure Management Limited and Galliford Tri partnerships who are building the new facilities.
The White City Collaborative Care Centre, in Bloemfontein Road, will open its doors to residents, in an area with some of the worst health problems in Hammersmith & Fulham from 2014.
Costing £13.6million, the new facilities will provide a wide range of health and social care services and have capacity to register 10,000 GP patients initially - growing to 25,000 if required.
Community nursing and health visiting, social work services, speech therapy, mental health services, services for children with disabilities and physiotherapy will all be provided from the new centre as well as dentistry, minor surgery and podiatry.
170 flats will also be built together with a mini-supermarket, pharmacy, and the neighbouring Wormholt Park will also benefit from a £1million revamp.
The new building will sit on the site of the former Janet Adegoke leisure centre and is particularly needed, according to the council, because people who live in the north of the borough have an average life expectancy eight years less than those in the south.
Nearly a quarter of all year 6 school children in White City and Shepherds Bush are obese, according to a Department of Health report, while stroke deaths are higher than normal and drug misuse is worse than in many other London boroughs.
Dr Tim Spicer, Chair of NHS Hammersmith & Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group, says: " We believe that we have developed a building that will bring a range of health and social care services that will bring real benefits to the residents of White City and is a credit to all of the local people and community groups that have worked with us and our partner organisations to turn it into a reality."
May 18, 2012