New health centre welcomes patients

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HULL’S most expensive health centre has opened its doors and admitted its first patients.

The £16.5m Wilberforce Health Centre in Story Street will host a range of services and is to cater for up to 60,000 patients a year.

As well as housing sexual health services, which have relocated from Conifer House in Prospect Street, the five-storey building will be home to two GP practices, which will include a walk-in service for unregistered patients.

Public health advisers, paramedics, addiction services and a community cafe will also be based at the centre.

Dr Kate Guthrie, medical director for City Health Care Partnership and clinical director at Hull and East Riding Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Partnership, said: “The Hull and East Riding Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Partnership provides sexual health services across Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire and we are delighted with our move to the new premises, just a few minutes away from our old base at Conifer House.

“Our complete range of current services, treatment and advice, including our drop-in clinic will be available at the Wilberforce Health Centre from today.”

Work on the centre began late in 2009 and it is the 10th to be built under the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust scheme.

Dr Tony Banerjee, a Hull-based doctor GP and chairman of the NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Having watched this building being constructed over the last couple of years, it’s great to see it finally open and for patients to be reaping the benefits.

“Local people deserve to receive their healthcare in surroundings which are bright, modern and welcoming. I believe Wilberforce Health Centre offers all this, whilst at the same time providing our clinicians with a much more appropriate environment in which to treat patients.”

The building’s environmentally-friendly features include solar panels.