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By Connie Osborne Monday 29 April 2013 Updated: 29/04 18:30
IT HAS been nearly three years in the making but Alcester finally has a new health centre.
The state of the art hub officially opened last Friday (April 26), replacing the former hospital on Priory Road which closed in the summer of 2010.
The centre combines the town's existing Priory Road surgery and Arrow Lodge Medical Practice as well as district and community nurses, physiotherapists, health visitors and its own pharmacy to those living in Alcester, Studley and Bidford-on-Avon.
A local virtual ward, which helps care for patients with long-term health problems such as asthma, diabetes, heart problems, and blood pressure issues in the community to avoid them being admitted to hospital, will also be available.
Dr Richard Lambert, from Arrow Lodge Medical Practice, said: "Alcester GPs have been right at the heart of the development of these proposals from the beginning and we are delighted to officially open Alcester Health Centre.
"The new centre will be an extremely positive move for the local community, allowing their health services to be provided in modern, purpose-built facilities which will help us to expand our work to meet local health needs.
Mayor of Alcester, Lennox Cumberbatch, who cut the ribbon to mark the official opening, said it was a fantastic modern facility for residents of the town and the surrounding areas.
"I’m pleased to be part of the day and think the health centre is a great addition to the town."
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