First glimpse at Colne’s new health centre

An opening date has still not been confirmed for the official opening of Colne Health Centre.

The new multi-million pound building, in Craddock Road, was due to open back in February but was delayed due to legal contracts being finalised.

Colne Health Centre.

Colne Health Centre.

In the middle of March it was expected the state-of-the-art site would be up and running “in a couple of weeks” - but as of yet there is still no indication as to when services will be moved from the current Market Street centre.

Ahead of its opening, the Colne Times has had a sneak peek around the 2,700sq,m development, which has been built by the Eric Wright Group.

While it has not yet been fully furnished, the three-storey building, which is owned outright by NHS Property Services Ltd and which has achieved a rating of ‘Excellent’ in the BREEAM assessment model, has been completed. Construction commenced in January 2013.

A NHS Property Services spokesman said: “The new Colne Health Centre will house GP and community services in accommodation that is fit for purpose, modern and flexible over three floors.

“An increase in the number of clinical rooms means an improvement in service delivery and an opportunity for more services to be delivered closer to home. Services including a treatment room, podiatry and counselling services will all transfer from the current centre.”

Councillors have previously expressed their frustration over the health centre delays, saying that they “have waited long enough” and that the situation is “getting beyond a joke”.

Responding a spokesman for NHS England said: “We would also like to reassure patients that they can continue to access the full range of services through the existing health centre site at Market Street until the move is completed.”