Local people in the City and District of St Albans have a new healthcare facility.
The new St Albans Health and Wellbeing Centre was officially opened on Tuesday, December 3 by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Janet Smith.
The new facility is situated inside the St Albans Civic Centre. It provides a range of community health services for children, young people and adults. Services include baby and toddler health clinics, health visiting, children’s speech and language therapy, children’s audiology (hearing) service and specialist podiatry (foot care) and eye screening services for people with diabetes.
Facilities include special soundproof rooms for audiology appointments and a number of clinic rooms which can be used for a range of purposes, from one to one appointments through to group sessions.
Because the new Health and Wellbeing Centre is inside the Civic Centre, it is also situated adjacent to the wide range of services already provided there by St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary and local community and voluntary groups.
Clare Hawkins, Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust said: “We are really excited to have opened this great new healthcare facility in the middle of St Albans. Thanks to a very successful and valued partnership with St Albans City and District Council, we have been able to replace an older, out of date clinic building with a new, state of the art healthcare facility.
“I’m particularly excited that the new facility is inside the Civic Centre, right alongside a wide range of valuable local services. This will really help us to work more closely with these services for the benefit of local people.
“I want to say thank you to our patients and service users for bearing with us over the last few months whilst we had to provide services in other locations. I’m really pleased that we are now able to offer these services in the middle of St Albans once again.
“Thank you to our Council and local partner colleagues for their support and understanding whilst we carried out the necessary conversion work.”
Amanda Foley, Chief Executive of St Albans City and District Council said: “We are very pleased to welcome local NHS services to join the Council and other partners at the Civic Centre. It’s great to see the plans and partnership working come to fruition, and lots more services made available in the city centre. It is another important addition to the local services Hub which is developing here.”
The new Health and Wellbeing Centre has replaced the former Principal Health Centre which has now been demolished as part of the Council’s Civic Centre Opportunity Site redevelopment scheme.