Wait for new health centre is almost over

Work on building Sudbury’s new health centre is to finally get under way in the next two months, it has been confirmed.

The development of the £10million facility in Church Field Road has been delayed by a series of setbacks. Construction had been due to start last month.

Dr Christopher Browning, chairman of the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said he was delighted work on the building, which will replace outdated facilities at Walnuttree Hospital, St Leonard’s Hospital and Acton Lane Clinic, would start imminently.

“Local people deserve the best possible healthcare and this project will significantly enhance health service provision in the area,” he said.

“This project has been ongoing for many years, and the support and input from the local community, along with the hard work of NHS Suffolk estates staff, mean the work can now begin.”

Plans for a new hospital or health centre in Sudbury have been in the pipeline for 35 years.

“This has been a long process which was important to get right for the local community so that the services are on hand,” said Anne Nicholls, chairman of the Sudbury and Locality Implementation Group.

“We are grateful for the tenacity of staff in getting to this point.”

Services to be housed at the centre include community midwifery, physiotherapy and x-rays.

Developer the Assura Group will carry out the construction. The centre is due to be completed by autumn 2014.