SCORES of services will be made available at a super-surgery in Frodsham after NHS bosses gave the project their final approval.
Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust board members signed off on the project at a meeting last week, securing the future of the site and guaranteeing funding the for the multi-million pound integrated resource centre on the grounds of the former Frodsham High School.
Spokesperson Anne-Marie Storey said: “The reality of a new health centre in Frodsham moved one step nearer when NHS Western Cheshire, the local leader of the NHS, gave the green light to the project.
“This was an important milestone for the development which has already secured planning permission last month.
“It only remains, now, for the GP practices to refine, with the Primary Care Trust, the financial and legal aspects of the development before building can start.”
A definitive list of services has also been released including The Rock Surgery, The Knoll Surgery, community contraception and sexual health services, a community heart failure service, community matrons, community midwives, health visitors, continence service, dermatology service, dietetics, district nursing, health improvement service, mental health services, minor surgery, blood-testing, physiotherapy service, podiatry, school health service, speech and language therapy, social services and a tissue viability service.
“At every stage, the Primary Care Trust has worked closely with the Rock and Knoll GP practices as well as neighbouring practices in Helsby, to decide what services should be housed within the new health centre,” added Anne-Marie.
“The views of local people have been key, as well as other important partners such as local dentists, pharmacists and Cheshire West and Chester Council.
“The list of services to be housed in the new building has been shaped by those who accepted, or declined, an invitation to share accommodation in the new building.
“Each GP practice will retain its own identity within the new health centre and patents will continue to see their existing doctor.
“Flexibility is the byword for the building’s design to ensure it can adapt, over time, to the needs of the local community.”