Maximising best use of space at west Hull health centre

A west Hull health centre is being transformed to make best use of the available space and bring more services together under one roof.

The Calvert Centre in Calvert Lane was built by Citycare in 2007 and was designed to be flexible from the outset. The centre is home to GPs and various health and community services.

Vacant space within the building, previously occupied by Hull City Council, is now being maximised ready for the relocation of the Hull Eating Disorder Service, Evolve, which is run by City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP CIC) and promotes eating disorder recovery offering support and interventions to over 18s.

The centre was identified as a building which could be used more effectively following changes in how the local authority delivered services there and this work is part of supporting NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) clinical services strategy, as well as ensuring that resources are used to best effect.

Citycare is working for Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and in partnership with CHCP CIC and NHS Hull CCG, and Sewell Construction has been appointed to carry out the work, which will be completed in November.

Tim Wigglesworth, Chief Operations Officer at Citycare, said: “Our buildings are designed to be flexible and any changes such as this to service delivery models ensure we can make best use of the existing estate.

“Work with stakeholders over recent months has identified the most efficient solution to meet the clinical services strategy.

“At the Calvert Centre, we are working to reconfigure and refurbish the area which means it will be utilised to its full potential.

“This means Evolve can relocate into modern, fit-for-purpose accommodation for its therapy-based outpatient service and support people for many more years to come.”

As Citycare is familiar with the building, the design and development, costs of the project have been significantly reduced and work on the main scheme was able to start and complete sooner, generating further savings.

Ann-Marie Southgate, Programme Manager for Developments at CHP, said: “This is about making the best using of existing space to ensure efficiencies and cost savings for the NHS.

“Services alter regularly and cost-effective change is important. The health centres in Hull were designed to meet the needs of those services changes now and into the future.

“Buildings need to be able to adapt to what’s needed and that’s exactly what is being done in Hull to make full use of the space available.”

Existing GP and community services remain open while work is underway at the Calvert Centre and plans are in place to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

Emma Sayner, Chief Finance Officer at NHS Hull CCG, said: “Finding solutions to make best use of the estate is essential in achieving better value for money while also ensuring services are situated in the best possible locations. The Calvert Centre is a prime example of how a building can be reconfigured to meet future service needs.”

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