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Work on pounds 6m NHS dream is under way; New building is to offer more services.

Byline: LIZA WILLIAMS

BUILDING work has started on a new pounds 6m Liverpool health centre.

Heath chiefs said the centre in Anfield will offer longer opening hours, dental services and minor surgery as well as regular GP appointments.

Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT) gave the plans the go ahead last week and work has now started on land formerly occupied by All Saints RC Primary School in Townsend Lane.

The scheme is part of the PCT's wider plans to expand community health services.

Several other "neighbourhood health centres" have been built or are underway after the multi million pound invest ment, including a project at Childwall Fiveways.

Gideon Ben-Tovim, chairman of Liverpool PCT, said: "The 'New Health Service for Liverpool' is our commitment to providing more accessible and effective healthcare services in purpose-built accommodation across the city.

"I'm delighted that patients at Townsend Lane will soon be able to enjoy a modern Neighbourhood Health Centre which will benefit the local community for years to come."

Townsend Lane Medical Centre and Anfield Group Practice are set to move into the new building.

The extended centre will also offer blood testing, a pharmacy and counselling services.

The project is being developed by Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships - a LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) group.

LIFT is a partnership between the public and private sector.

Graham Pink, Chief Executive of LIFT, said: "This is a key scheme within the New Health Service for Liverpool and we are delighted to be delivering it on behalf of Liverpool PCT.

"Not only will the scheme contribute to improving the health of the local community but it will also have a direct impact on the regeneration of the surrounding area."

Liverpool PCT chiefs said they were also working on plans for a second Anfield health centre at nearby Mere Lane.

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