People in Penzance are being given the opportunity to see the design of a major new health centre at Bellair. The plans will be on view at a special open day, organised by Community 1st Cornwall and NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, at St John’s Hall in Penzance on Monday 20th July between 11am and 4pm.
The new development will put health services for Penzance on a single site. The Bellair building will have GP and dentist’s consulting and waiting rooms, podiatry, speech therapy and family planning clinics. It will also provide a base for district nurses and community midwives.
Patients will not lose their current GP and will remain with the individual practice they are registered with. Bellair will put the services already being offered by the Alverton, Penalverne, Rosmellyn and Sunnyside practices under one roof.
Anyone interested in the new Bellair health centre is invited to come along to St John’s Hall to see both the plans and an artist’s impression of the finished building. They will also be able to talk to a team of people from NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and Community 1st Cornwall who are keen to explain details and get feedback.
Bellair will be developed as part of Cornwall’s LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme by Community 1st Cornwall. Two new primary healthcare developments have already been built under the LIFT scheme: one at Roche, the other at Liskeard. Truro’s health park, also a LIFT project, is over halfway to completion and work will soon begin on a new project at Praze-an-Beeble.
Antek Lejk, the director of partnership commissioning and interim director of primary care for NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly said: “In preparing plans for the Bellair site we’ve listened to the views of GPs and health professionals. Their input has influenced the way the new health centre will look and work. Now we want the public to see what will become an important community amenity.”
Rodger Allin, the general manager of Community 1st Cornwall said: “We are excited to be at the stage where the community gets to see plans for what will be a fantastic facility for the area. The next step is planning approval.”