Construction work on the new West Hull Health Hub has reached the halfway point.
Due for completion in November this year, a topping-out ceremony was recently held at the site, with contractor, Sewell Construction, and Citycare creating an online film to showcase progress of the new two-storey building, which will replace the dated Springhead Medical Centre in Willerby Road.
Once completed, West Hull Health Hub will transform the way Springhead Health Centre provides care for its patients, becoming part of Modality Partnership Hull’s Primary Care Network in Hull and the East Riding, which serves a combined total of more than 60,000 patients.
Dr Bushra Ali, a GP currently at Springhead Health Centre, said: “The West Hull Health Hub is the result of many conversations, over many years, about how having a bigger, more-purpose-built site will allow us to better care for our patients.
There is a really-big push now for health to be delivered within the community and to be pulled away from some of the more hospital-based settings, and West Hull Health Hub will be a part of this new era for the health and care sector
“It is going to make a huge difference just knowing that we will be able to deliver the kind of primary care that we have all wanted to provide, without worrying that it’s not possible because we don’t have the space.
“This new health centre will allow us to create many new roles within our primary care network; from health, wellbeing, and mental health coaches, to care co-ordinators, all finally under the same roof, enabling us to work even closer together, and share learnings and care for our patients within a larger, community setting.”
David Major, site manager at Sewell Construction, adds: “Works are progressing well on site, with ground-level brickwork starting to wrap around the main building, cement-based screen laid to the ground floor, and windows fully installed around the building.
“Most significantly, the roof is now on and watertight, with internal decorations due to start soon.
“It has been an extremely tough year for everyone, particularly health service providers who have worked tirelessly to support our local communities, but the practice and its patients deserve a world-class facility, and we are proud of the team for reaching such a major milestone already.”
Commenting on the impact of the new facility Tim Wigglesworth, chief executive of Citycare, said: “There is a really-big push now for health to be delivered within the community and to be pulled away from some of the more hospital-based settings, and West Hull Health Hub will be a part of this new era for the health and care sector.
It is going to make a huge difference just knowing that we will be able to deliver the kind of primary care that we have all wanted to provide, without worrying that it’s not possible because we don’t have the space
“Since 2004, Citycare has developed an extensive portfolio of 13, soon to be 14, health centres that make up our primary care estates across the city and they have paved the way in changing how health centres function, having a huge impact on the communities we serve.
“Our buildings are important as an enabler for GPs and ancillary care professionals to be able to do their jobs; joining up hospital and community care, physical and mental health care, integrated care systems, and combining an array of critical services, all under one roof.”
The new-build will see the creation of 32 clinical rooms, including GP and nurse consulting rooms, treatment rooms, clinical support spaces and office accommodation, as well as a reception and waiting area, a wheelchair-accessible lift, baby changing area and buggy parking, a pharmacy, and a car park.