Praise has been pouring in for Colne’s new multi-million pound health centre after it officially opened its doors to patients.
Following a three-month delay, the state-of-the-art building, in Craddock Road, was finally unveiled to the public on Monday.
Taking up 2,700sq.m of ground, the facility features GP surgeries, as well as a range of community services.
For Caroline Blackburn, regional asset manager for NHS property services, the site, which achieved a rating of “Excellent” in the BREEAM assessment model, is highly accessible and is a positive step forward for Colne.
She said: “It offers fabulous facilities for the community of Colne.”
And Richard Jones, area director for NHS England Lancashire, added: “Colne now has a superb health centre providing state of the art facilities fit for 21st Century healthcare which will serve the people of Colne for years to come.
“We would like to thank the people of Colne for their patience while the move has taken place. We would also like to thank everyone who has been part of this exciting new development for the area.”
The three practices to move into the health centre so far are Colne Family Practice, Richmond Hill Practice, and Horsfield Practice.
The patient group of Colne Family Doctors were invited to tour of the new premises with a reception. And Mrs Doris Lee (90) was asked to declare the new surgery open and cut the ribbon.
Construction work started on the new three-storey health centre in January 2013, after the planning application was given the green light by councillors in December.
It was due to open in February, but was delayed as legal contracts were finalised.
But, despite the wait, the first patients through the doors have said they are pleased to see such a significant change.
Katie Franklin (25), from Barnoldswick, said: “It looks nice and clean, and it is a lot easier for me to get to than St Peter’s, Burnley, where I used to go.”
And Darren Pinder (42), from Colne, said: “It is good, a lot better, and a big change. The only thing is what are they going to do with the other building?”
It has not yet been confirmed when the old health centre will close its doors.
The Colne Times understands discussions are ongoing and any remaining services will be transferred across as quickly as possible.
According to Leader of Pendle Council Coun. Joe Cooney, Pendle Council have contacted PropCo to express interest in the Market Street site. They will now be “looking for a meeting to discuss its future as soon as possible”.