WORK has started on a scheme to build a new medical centre in Sheffield - after a long campaign by a community.
Health bosses and South East Sheffield MP Clive Betts attended a turf cutting ceremony at the site of the long-awaited medical centre on Main Road, Darnall.
The scheme, commissioned by NHS Sheffield, will combine a range of medical services, including GP and nursing facilities, a minor surgery and a pharmacy and also provide a hub for the community.
Ian Atkinson, chief operating officer of NHS Sheffield, said: “I’m proud we are able to celebrate these plans to develop four new medical centres in Sheffield by 2013.
“We have developed them together with local GPs and the community with the aim of providing modern, high quality and sustainable services for the future of healthcare in the city.”
Mr Betts added: “I am very pleased the scheme is finally going ahead after a long campaign fought by the local community and myself.
“I would like to thank NHS Sheffield for the hard work they have put into the project and the excellent consultation work they have done with the local community.
“This will greatly improve the service local GPs can provide in Darnall.”
The scheme is part of the LIFT programme, which will also see new medical centres built in upper Wincobank, Norfolk Park and Foxhill.