Turf cutting ceremony marks start of work on Washwood Heath Health and Wellbeing Centre

A special turf cutting ceremony held on Friday (22nd January) in Washwood Heath marks the start of work on NHS Birmingham East and North’s new health and wellbeing centre, which will open its doors in summer 2011.

Liam Byrne MP joined local councillors, staff and partners for a tour of the Washwood Heath Health Centre in Clodeshall Road, Saltley, where both the Oakleaf Medical Practice and the Washwood Heath Urgent Care Centre are based, before visiting the site further down the road and cutting the turf where the new £15m Washwood Heath Health and Wellbeing Centre will be built.

Both Oakleaf Medical Practice and the Urgent Care Centre will move to the new centre when it opens in summer 2011, along with a range of other services including health visiting, district nursing, physiotherapy and pain management. There will also be a pharmacy, community café and welfare and employment advice centre.

Liam Byrne said: “Today we celebrate the beginning of an exciting journey for the people of Washwood Heath. Bringing a GP practice, pharmacy, community café and advice centre under one roof will add heart and soul to the community. I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard over the last five years to make it happen.”

Paul Sabapathy CBE, Chairman for NHS Birmingham East and North said: “I am delighted to be celebrating the start of works on this great new centre and would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making this day possible.”

Richard Cutler, Development Director of Prime plc, added: “This is an important day for Washwood Heath. I think everyone is very proud of what has been achieved to date and we look forward to the new Washwood Heath Health and Wellbeing Centre opening its doors to patients in the near future.”