Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust is delighted to announce that construction activity is commencing on site for the development of Truro’s flagship £20m Health Park Development. The works are starting with general clearance and the demolition of the old buildings.
The long awaited Truro Health Park development, located on part of the former City Hospital site, will take around two years to build and is expected to be open by Summer 2010.
The new development will replace the existing unsuitable GP premises on Lemon Street and PCT accommodation currently located in The Leats. In addition to the GPs, the development will also allow for the integration of services to provide wider access to other community based health services in one location closer to where people live. The proposed services include minor procedures, family planning, podiatry, pharmacy, health promotion, speech and language therapy, child and family education, physiotherapy and dental services. Dedicated car parking provision will also be provided and the facility will include access for those using public transport.
Dr Peter Knibbs, Director of Primary Care at Cornwall & Isles of Scilly PCT, said: “We are very pleased to be starting work on the new Truro Health Park as it will provide important new health facilities for the local community. Patients are set to benefit from new state-of-the-art facilities in a welcoming, relaxing environment when the new building opens.”
Community engagement continues to be an important part of this development and Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, who have been appointed to develop a number of art projects for the facility, will shortly be commencing the next phase of works for the new health park development. This will see ideas from the first phase of community consultations developed by specially commissioned local artists who will continue to engage with local communities through activity based workshops to bring creative and artistic thinking into the new development.
The development of the new facility is being led by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust, as a partnership project for the NHS and is being developed as part of the LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) initiative in Cornwall by Community 1st Cornwall, the local LIFT company and NHS infrastructure development partner, in which the PCT is a shareholder. The building work is being undertaken by locally based contractor Carillion Building.
Rod Hulme, Director of Community 1st Cornwall, said “Truro Health Park represents a significant local investment in primary health care and community facilities that will provide a range of services together under one roof for the first time in Truro – a one stop centre for the community. Community 1st Cornwall is proud to be working in partnership with the Primary Care Trust to deliver this important facility which will be one of the largest primary care facilities being delivered by the LIFT programme in the UK.”