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New health and wellbeing centre on the Shankill Road

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey visited the new Shankill Health and Wellbeing Centre today for the official handover of the new premises to the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
Wednesday, 2 March 2011

The new Centre is one of seven similar centres that have been built across Belfast since 2005. It will bring together services which are currently being delivered from 11 different facilities.

Speaking at the new facility today, Michael McGimpsey said: “Having been here to cut the first sod in May 2009, it is with great satisfaction that I have returned today to see the official handing over of this marvellous facility to the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

“This state-of-the-art Health and Wellbeing Centre will provide a range of services to the local community in West Belfast in a one-stop shop, modernising the way primary care services are delivered at a local level.

The Minister concluded: “I will continue to strive to modernise and improve our healthcare systems and facilities to ensure that we deliver the efficient, high quality health service that the people across Northern Ireland deserve. The handover of these excellent premises today is another step towards that goal.”

The Shankill Health and Wellbeing Centre is expected to be operational by summer 2011 and has been built at a capital cost of £15million.

Notes to editors:

1. The Shankill Health and Wellbeing Centre has a major street frontage onto the Shankill Road giving presence and visibility to local people and with excellent access to the metro bus service.

2. Other Health and Wellbeing Centres completed as part of this programme are Bradbury and Holywood Arches Centres, both completed in November 2005, Carlisle completed in May 2007, the Grove Centre, completed in April 2008 and the Knockbreda Centre, completing in August 2008. The Beech Hall Centre on the Andersonstown Road will be handed over to the Trust shortly.

3. Media enquiries should be directed to the DHSSPS press office on 028 9052 0567, or out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 9971 5440 and your call will be returned.