Lordship Lane, Tottenham
This innovative, high quality building was handed over early to Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust in March 2007. David Lammy MP for Tottenham and Wood Green formerly opened the Health Centre on 21st July 2007.
The £5.2m Health Centre was built on a restricted site in Tottenham upon which an existing outdated healthcare facility was located. The philosophy of the design was to integrate the healthcare services effectively, to bring natural light into the building and to use natural materials. The influence of natural light in buildings is known to increase a sense of well-being and the design incorporates a large courtyard and central atria to achieve this aim.
The building is steel framed with a mono pitch profiled roof, brickwork external walls with feature panels of coloured laminated board. The flexibility of the design enabled changes to be incorporated during the operational phase of the building, to include a sexual health service and an increase in the healthcare accommodation enabling an increase in clinical activity.
The project involved the provision of alternative temporary accommodation for the existing clinical services, prior to the demolition of the existing building to make way for the new development. The new Health Centre was completed early, to a high quality standard and within budget.
Transforming Community Services
The Department of Health national Transforming Community Services (TCS) programme was introduced with the aim to:
- Develop people and leaders
- Innovate and improve services
- Reform systems to support high quality 21st Century care at or close to home
- Improve health outcomes
Modernised, efficient and integrated community services are critical in delivering the quality and productivity programme that is essential to the future of health and social care. Such plans depend on having in place community services that support independent living, intervene early, prevent unwarranted admissions and enable the early transfer of patients from acute settings back to an environment that is as close as possible to home.
This shift in the focus of care from acute to community settings, requires more effective joined up services and increased capacity. The development of Lordship Lane Health Centre facility is an example of this initiative being achieved and is having a positive benefit at the local level. The new building has clearly enabled the PCT to integrate existing services to develop and provide new services in the community, which include a shift in services from the acute hospital setting.
A Centre for the Whole Community
Lordship Lane Primary Care Resource Centre consolidates a 7 GP practice with Primary Care services including Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Orthotics, Speech and Language Therapy, Phlebotomy, Dietetics, Sexual Health services and a Baby Clinic. This provides a large range of services at one site allowing a more integrated care approach to address the healthcare needs within an area clearly defined as being deprived.
This very busy Health Centre is providing services which have clearly begun to address the health needs, enhancing the well-being of the local population.
Partnership working can be challenging. It needs commitment, time and enthusiasm with structures in place to ensure that dialogue happens, and that agreements reached are implemented.
It requires a commitment to work together and new behaviours built to deliver:
- Trust and mutual respect
- Openness, honesty and transparency
- Top level commitment
- Positive and constructive approach
- Commitment to work with and learn from each other
- Early discussion – no surprises
- Confidentiality when needed
We believe, working together, gbpartnerships and the PCT achieved a level of partnership working that enabled the strategic goals and vision of the PCT to be jointly discussed and fully understood, leading to a better outcome in terms of building design, layout, costs and the delivery of the project to time and budget.