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HRH The Earl of Wessex to officially open St Catherine’s Health Centre, (…)

HRH The Earl of Wessex to open St Catherine's Health Centre, Birkenhead

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On Monday 23rd September HRH The Earl of Wessex will visit Birkenhead and officially open the spectacular new St Catherine's Health Centre.


During the visit he will meet staff and patients in Health Visiting, Wirral Heart Support and Physiotherapy services that operate from the centre and meet representatives from the local community.


Frances Street, Chairman of Wirral Community NHS Trust said "It will be a pleasure to introduce HRH to our fantastic building, to our staff and to our patients. St Catherine's Health Centre is a key part of the regeneration of the area and will help to ensure that Wirral residents can receive a wide range of outstanding locally based healthcare without the need to attend hospital."


Over the last three years, the development of the new health centre has transformed the site of the former Victorian St Catherine's Hospital into a modern, award winning state of the art healthcare facility that now hosts two GP practices, a late night pharmacy and range of community based NHS services including Sexual Health Wirral, Wirral Drugs Service and a range of outpatient clinics.


The site, originally the location of the Birkenhead Union Workhouse, has been providing healthcare to the local community for over 100 years. Under the guidance of the Birkenhead Historical Society, many of the features of the former buildings have been retained, including the old hospital stone archway and the old Port House Lodge, which has been refurbished and extended for use as a community building. The development now naturally curves around the neighbouring Grade II listed Victorian St Catherine's Church, which sits in a newly created public space.


The new building, with its DNA profile inspired cladding, comprises five individually coloured wings linked together by an internal street, creatively displaying the history of the site and the NHS. Outside courtyards, created between the wings of the building, provide outside gyms used by the rehabilitation teams based on site and a bright children's courtyard.


Representing the development team, Leighton Chumbley, Group Managing Director for Prime plc, comments: "The completion of St Catherine's Health Centre has generated real excitement in the area and we are extremely happy to have played our part in bringing this state-of-the-art facility to fruition. It has undoubtedly transformed not just healthcare but the whole patient experience in Birkenhead and the surrounding area."


Further information available to download:

St Catherine's Media Briefing Note

Picture 1 – The new St Catherine's Health Centre

Picture 2 – St Catherine's Hospital prior to demolition – aerial shot

Picture 3 – St Catherine's Hospital prior to demolition – former main entrance

Picture 4 – Architects drawing of the site with permission from One Creative Ltd

Picture 5 – Historic features retained in the development

Picture 6 - Historic features retained in the development



Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:20

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