The South Eastern Local Commissioning Group welcomes a new £40m Health and Care Centre in Lisburn, which has been announced by Health Minister Edwin Poots, MLA.
The new Health and Care Centre, known as a ‘hub’, will house GPs currently located in Lisburn Health Centre and will provide a number of community and health care services by GPs and the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust including: district nursing; health visiting; older people’s services, mental health services and x-ray facilities.
There will also be space within the new facility to accommodate community and voluntary sector services.
Welcoming the new facility, Dr Nigel Campbell, a GP in Lisburn and Chair of the South Eastern Local Commissioning Group said: “We look forward to having an enhanced and integrated facility in which more integrated care can be delivered to the population of greater Lisburn. Take for example someone with a chest infection, if they come to the new centre they will have their chest x-ray done there and other tests. In a lot of cases, patients won’t need to go to hospital and can get the treatment they need at the right time and right
The money to build the new centre will be financed by the private sector, through a mechanism known as third party development (3PD) which involves a partnership arrangement with a private sector company. This is in line with Transforming Your Care (TYC), which proposes significant changes to the health care system in Northern Ireland, focusing on how services are structured and delivered in the future, with more services moving away from hospital and in to the community.
Supporting the Minister’s announcement of the new health centre in Lisburn, Hugh McCaughey, Chief Executive of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, said:
“I’m delighted that the Minister has announced his support for the Lisburn Primary and Community Care Centre. This will provide essential investment in the primary and community care infrastructure for the Lisburn locality and will enable the Trust to develop services for this area in line with TYC.”
The procurement process for this project is expected to commence shortly with completion of the facility expected in 2016.