New £2m centre set to be finished

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PATIENTS at Fareham Health Centre are to get an early Christmas present.

A £2m scheme to upgrade the 50-year-old building in Osborn Road in Fareham is due to finish on December 21.

It had originally been planned that the work would be completed by mid-November.

This target was met for all the staff teams who faced office moves in the refurbishment.

But elements of the works were extended to prevent disruption to patients and staff – although the scheme has remained on budget.

James Bawn, head of development for the cluster of primary care trusts that represents the region, said: ‘We would like to thank patients and service users for their tolerance and understanding during this refurbishment.

‘And we would like to also thank and praise staff who have stoically continued to work around the builders to ensure continuous service to their patients.

‘I hope everyone will feel that the end result will be a “win-win” for all concerned though as staff will have a much more modern and comfortable building to work in – and patients will have a much updated health facility to visit.

‘This work represents another major investment in local services by the NHS which will greatly add to the lifespan of this 1960s building.’

The refurbishment started last May and has included a new roof covering, replacing the heating system, pipes and radiators, new automatic door mechanisms, and emergency lighting and electric power cables on the first floor and major internal redecoration.

Patients at The Centre Practice will benefit from a large new treatment room with improved privacy and three extra consulting rooms and improvements to the reception desk which will be much more user-friendly, particularly for patients in wheelchairs.

The building will continue to be a base for several services, including substance misuse, sexual health, speech and language therapy, podiatry, and NHS Hampshire’s continuing care team, as well as clinics for child and adolescent mental health service and the learning disabilities service.