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New health centre proposed for Preston city centre

Posted on - 24th June, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
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Princes House is home to Ham and Jam – the land behind it is a small green area heading towards the Bus Station Pic: Blog Preston

A new health centre could be built in Preston city centre to ease pressure on Royal Preston Hospital.

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Preston City Council has detailed its proposals to put together a bid to create the Health Hub on empty land in the city.

Council-owned land to the rear of its Princes Buildings has been identified as the potential home for the health centre.

In its annual report the city council reveals its proposals for the new health service.

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It states: “Plans to develop a city centre ‘health hub’ as in the early stages of development following discussions between the Royal Preston Hospital, the city council, the Chorley and South Ribble and Greater Preston Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS Property Services.

“The council -owned land to the rear of Princes Buildings has been identified as a potential site.

“The scheme would see out-patient services from RPH (Royal Preston Hospital) delivered in a community setting along with relocated GP practices, offices and new housing.

“The city council i looking to put together a funding package with partners to explore options for its development and delivery within the framework of the One Public Estate programme with the Local Government Association and Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.”

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A business case for the health hub is due to be completed by the end of this summer.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust told the Lancashire Post that ‘no final decisions’ had been made about the hub, its services or its location.

What do you think of the idea for the Health Hub? Where should it go? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below

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