A new multi-million pound health centre is open and seeing patients in Tower Hamlets. Wellington Way Health Centre in Bow opened at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic earlier this year and provides a new home to Merchant Street and Stroudley Walk GP practices.
The extension, remodelling and redevelopment of Wellington Way Health Centre is complete and it is seeing patients now, in line with Covid-19 restrictions.
The £4.6m redevelopment was funded by London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in part from funds levied from commercial developers of residential buildings in the borough. It was commissioned by NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and delivered by NHS Property Services.
The new health centre includes eight consulting-examination rooms, six treatment rooms and two blood testing rooms, all fitted out with the latest equipment. It also has a large group room which in time and when it is safe to do so, will be used for a variety of activities ranging from baby clinics to group therapy.
Sangeeta Rana-Masson, GP at the new health centre, said: “The existing building has been extended, remodelled and refurbished to create a far bigger, modern health centre with services fit for the twenty-first century.
“The centre is open and we are seeing patients now; and the facility will allow us to grow and best meet the needs of our patients into the future. This is a challenging time for all of us, but this new GP practice helps lay the foundations for a bright future for our community.”
Mayor John Biggs said: “This amazing new health centre showcases our commitment, in partnership with the NHS, to improving health infrastructure across the borough.
“We need to meet the demand for an ever increasing population and that’s why we’ve committed over £20m to refurbishing and developing medical facilities.”
Sir Sam Everington, GP and Chair of NHS Tower Hamlets CCG, said: “Wellington Way is another example of the amazing, and ongoing, modernisation of health facilities for patients across Tower Hamlets. This has only been possible with the immense support of your local Council.
“If you are feeling unwell, please don’t put off contacting the NHS. Lots of precautions have been put in place to keep you safe. Please wash your hands, keep distances and wear a mask if you need to go to hospital or a GP surgery.”
Angela Beart, Senior Construction Manager for NHS Property Services, said: “I am delighted that we have re-purposed a 1920s building to become a modern health centre. We have retained the historic appearance to the front and combined it with a modern extension to the rear in keeping with its surroundings. The full internal refurbishment has brought the health centre to the twenty-first century and provides a clean and professional environment for both patients and staff.”