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LIFT scheme hits a century

21st November 2006

The Government has marked its 100th health centre built as part of the LIFT - Local Improvement Finance Trust - programme.

More than 70 additional NHS LIFT health centres and GP surgeries are already under construction, and many more are being planned under the scheme, aimed at improving health services in some of the country's most deprived areas.

The 100th building in St Helens is a £3m programme housing a GP practice with an enhanced minor surgery suite. Patients can also access a wide range of services under the one roof, including health visitors, midwives and cardiac nurses.

Many of the buildings provide more than traditional GP and community services, and are increasingly offering healthcare more usually found in a hospital setting, including minor surgery for hernia repairs, sports injuries and even vasectomies.

Medical tests and x-rays can also now be found in some of the new centres.

The NHS LIFT programme is part of a bigger project to transform community health services. More than 500 new one-stop health centres have been built since 2001, including those built under NHS LIFT. This will rise to 750 by the end of 2008.

The new community hospitals initiative, will see £750 million invested over the next five years to provide similar services closer to home.

 

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