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Plans Submitted for State of the Art Health Centre

[ 24 Jun 2009 ]

What the proposed new health centre could look like

Plans for a new health centre have been submitted for a proposed new health centre to be located on land off Elder Road in Cobridge.

The proposed new health centre will bring three GP practices together and a range of additional health services from diagnostic testing, physiotherapy, health visiting and a chest clinic onto one site (see Notes for more details on services).

The plans have been submitted following consultation with the local community and key stakeholders for the past two years, whose feedback and comments have helped shape the design.

If planning approval is obtained, it is expected the new health centre will be open for public use in mid-2011.

Graham Urwin, Chief Executive of NHS Stoke on Trent stressed that the submitted plans have been produced with considerable input from the local community and key stakeholders.

He said: "We are absolutely delighted that the proposals for a new state-of-the-art health care centre have been submitted.  This has followed extensive consultation with the local community and key stakeholders.  The vast majority of comments we have received have been very positive."

Graham continued: "We originally went out to consultation on the potential for a new health care centre in the Cobridge area in 2007.  The engagement programme has not only allowed us to inform but also allowed the local community to become directly involved with the design process."

He added: "As a result we have been able to produce plans that reflect local community opinions and we have included a number of services which the community requested during the consultation period."

The proposals have also undergone a design review panel by Urban Vision North Staffordshire, the architecture and urban design centre who work with partners to promote high quality architecture and urban design in and around the North Staffordshire area.

Commenting on the final designs Dr Darren Price of Urban Vision stated: "The proposed health centre has the potential to become a development of real quality and a significant part of the regeneration of Cobridge. We have been particularly impressed by the Health Authority's approach to seeking comments both from expert panels like ours and from the local community about the design of the scheme."


Notes to Editors

For more information please contact: Communications Manager Tamsin Carr on 01782 401048

Previous consultation occurred in 2007.  Consultation took place with the North Staffordshire British Muslim Welfare Society, Apsley House Patients, Forest Park Primary School, St Peter's Primary School, Sneyd Green Primary School, Sneyd Patient Group, Cobridge Surgery patients, and a number of local residents' groups.   Consultation has also been ongoing with service users and key stakeholders throughout the duration of the project.

List of services to be included:

  • Relocation of three GP surgeries (Apsley House, Dr Parikh's Sneyd Surgery and Dr Pathak's Waterloo Surgery)
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Podiatry
  • Physiotherapy
  • District Nursing
  • Health visiting
  • School nursing
  • Asylum Seeker Health Team
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Sexual health services
  • Chest clinic
  • X-ray
  • Out-patient clinics

 The development of Cobridge Health Centre is part of North Staffordshire LIFTCo, (Local Investment Finance Trust) in partnership with NHS Stoke on Trent.

 Cobridge Health Centre is being delivered by NHS Stoke on Trent in partnership with Prima 200, the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) Company for North Staffordshire.  The shareholders of this Public Private Partnership (PPP) are NHS North Staffordshire, NHS Stoke-on-Trent, Community Health Partnerships and Prime LIFT Investments Ltd.  Prima 200's purpose is to develop improved facilities necessary to deliver modern, integrated health and social care in the region. Together with strategic partners, Prima 200 works to support an increase in primary care capacity, the provision of more accessible services and to support the integrated working of different agencies.  For more information, visit


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