The flagship new Truro Health Park opened its doors to the public today. Located on the site of the former City Hospital on Infirmary Hill it will house 300 staff and treat 4,000 patients per week.
The first services available in the new health centre are those which were previously being delivered from The Leats, including podiatry, dentistry, speech and language therapy, and eating disorders. Health visitors will also be providing clinics from 7th June.
Over the coming weeks these services will be joined by others including Truro’s two GP practices.
The facility provides purpose-built, state-of-the art facilities, bringing a range of health and community services under one roof, many of them re-locating from cramped, out-dated and inappropriate accommodation.
Antek Lejk, director of partnership commissioning for NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, said: “This £20m health park is part of our commitment to ensuring top quality primary care facilities for people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It is a symbol of the modern NHS. It has been designed with input from local people with a view to creating a facility that the whole community can use and appreciate.
“It brings together on one site a whole variety of community health services, from podiatry and eating disorders through to emergency and specialist dentistry and language therapy and, in the near future, GP services. Many of these community services have been operating in buildings that were inappropriate. This new facility not only provides them with state-of-the-art rooms and facilities but also gives them space to grow and meet increasing demand for their services. It also means more local patients will be able to be treated locally rather than having to travel to satellite clinics.”