Pioneering work on new generation of health centres | 13 May 09

LAW firm Ward Hadaway is helping to bring a new generation of pioneering health centres to the North-East.

Property healthcare experts at the firm are advising on four ‘walk-in’ health facilities on Teesside, modelled on recommendations from Health Minister Lord Darzi.

The GP-led centres will be open seven days a week and will enable people not currently registered with a GP to get access to advice and treatment.

The first of the centres on which Ward Hadaway has advised opened in January.

The Resolution Health Centre at North Ormesby Health Village, Middlesbrough, is set up to see patients from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Ward Hadaway advised NHS Middlesbrough on the scheme, which was officially opened by Health Secretary Alan Johnson.

Keith Wilkinson, associate in the property healthcare team at Ward Hadaway, said: “These new health centres are designed to bring a real change in the way people get access to family doctor services.

“This is real cutting-edge healthcare so we are delighted to have been given the chance to play a part in the clinics’ creation.

“We have worked closely with the health professionals on all these schemes and built up some excellent partnerships which will hopefully help make a real difference to healthcare in the region.”

In addition to the Resolution Health Centre, Ward Hadaway is advising on three other clinics due to open during the course of this year.

The firm helped NHS Redcar and Cleveland on a clinic which is initially operating from premises on Queen Street in South Bank, near Middlesbrough.

Work is under way for the clinic to eventually find a permanent home in Low Grange Health Village in South Bank.

Also for NHS Redcar and Cleveland, Ward Hadaway is advising on the arrangements for a walk-in clinic at Skelton Health Centre, due to open in July following the refurbishment of the existing buildings.

Finally, the firm is advising NHS Middlesbrough on similar arrangements involving the refurbishment of premises at Park End in Middlesbrough in time for a clinic to open in July.

Colin McLeod, Chief Executive of NHS Middlesbrough and NHS Redcar and Cleveland, said: “These are our most recent initiatives to improve our patients’ access to local health services in their area and we thank Ward Hadaway for their assistance in making this happen.”

Ward Hadaway’s specialist expertise in the healthcare sector has been in great demand and builds upon assistance the firm’s commercial team have undertaken to assist other NHS organisations in tendering for Darzi health centre opportunities.

The firm’s team has worked on projects worth more than £600m over the past year, advising clients from the North-East to London.

Many of the schemes which Ward Hadaway has been involved with have been the first of their kind in the country.

Jeffrey Keeble, partner and head of healthcare at Ward Hadaway, said: “Being involved in the cutting edge of 21st century healthcare has been very exciting for the firm and we look forward to continuing to work successfully with our partners across the country.”

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