A new ‘state of the art’ Treatment Centre in Market Harborough is now open for patients. The £7.5 million St Luke’s Treatment Centre integrates vital healthcare services for local people.
NHS healthcare services provided by ‘Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Alliance’ and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) have transferred to the new facility from the nearby Market Harborough & District Hospital.
The ground floor of the building houses the St Luke’s Branch Surgery of Market Harborough Medical Centre. The Minor Injuries Unit has also moved to the new Treatment Centre.
St Luke’s Treatment Centre is part of a project led by East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group to integrate healthcare services.
The new facility means patients’ physical and mental health needs can be met in the same building through the creation of ‘integrated service teams’. Previously, patients had to travel to mental health clinics which were dispersed throughout the area.
All organisations have been working closely together to ensure there is minimal disruption to patients during the transition period. Patients have been re-booked into the new facility or offered appointments at alternative clinics.
Dr Richard Palin, Chair of East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is very pleasing that we have been able to open the new state-of-the-art facility for the people of East Leicestershire and Rutland in the St Luke’s site of Market Harborough. The new centre will provide outpatient facilities, general practice and other medical services such as x-ray, physiotherapy, podiatry and nursing.”
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Alliance deliver a range of ‘outpatient’ services at the new facility, including: audiology; cardiology; community paediatrics; dermatology; diabetology; ear, nose and throat; gastro; general surgery; geriatric medicine; gynaecology; maxillofacial; neurology; ophthalmology; orthopaedics; paediatric medicine; paediatric surgery; plastic surgery; rheumatology and urology. Endoscopy and cystoscopy will also be provided at the site.
The centre also has a new X-ray suite and physiotherapy facilities.
Helen Mather, LLR Alliance Director, said: “We’re delighted that St Luke’s Treatment Centre is now open. We’re looking forward to welcoming patients and delivering our services out of such excellent facilities.”
Dr Noel O’Kelly, Clinical Director for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, added: “We’re very pleased to be seeing our first patients at the new Treatment Centre. This facility provides up-to-date, high quality accommodation for the range of services that we provide, working in conjunction with GPs and other NHS organisations.”
The facility was built by Morgan Sindall on behalf of NHS Property Services.
Alasdair White, head of Construction Project Management at NHS Property Services, said: “This is a major milestone for this ambitious project and it gives us great pride to see the doors of this wonderful facility opened to local people.”
Dr Hamant Mistry, Partner at the Market Harborough and Bosworth Partnership, which operates the St Luke’s Branch Surgery and the Minor Injuries Unit, said: “We’re looking forward to the opening of a combined minor injury and minor illness service for people with acute medical problems.
“The Partners have invested in additional Doctors and Nurses to improve access for patients and enable a more integrated way of working with community staff and hospital consultants at St Luke’s.”
Elliot Howard-Jones, Director of Commissioning Operations for NHS England (Central Midlands) said: “This is one of the NHS’s biggest investments in planned care in the locality, and I am delighted that the people of Market Harborough and surrounding communities will now benefit from these excellent new healthcare facilities.”
The building features 20 consulting rooms that will be used for outpatient services provided by local NHS healthcare partnership, ‘Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Alliance’ and LPT, including specially-equipped podiatry rooms and a base for the district nurse team.
The second floor of the building will provide office space for LPT and the Alliance with facilities including hot-desks and staff amenities.
On arrival, patients should report to reception on the ground floor, where receptionists will direct them to their clinic.
A formal opening ceremony is planned for later in the year.