Autumn open date for health centre

Contracts director Sean Yeo and interim chairman of Corby Healthcare Dr Peter Wilczynski look at the steelwork on the new Urgent Care Centre with leader of Corby Council Tom Beattie

Contracts director Sean Yeo and interim chairman of Corby Healthcare Dr Peter Wilczynski look at the steelwork on the new Urgent Care Centre with leader of Corby Council Tom Beattie

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A new urgent care centre for Corby is on target to open in the autumn.

The £3.2m centre at the Willowbrook Health complex, in Cottingham Road, reached a milestone this week when the steel framework of the building was completed.

Corby Urgent Care Centre will bring together the existing Lakeside Plus Walk-In services and the minor injuries unit in the Nuffield Diagnostic Centre.

Dr Peter Wilczynski, interim chairman of Corby Healthcare, said: “It’s been exciting to watch the steelwork go up week by week, so we’re delighted to mark this milestone in the development of the new centre.

“Corby Urgent Care Centre is significant as the first stage of the development of the Willowbrook Health Complex, giving Corby people the high quality healthcare services they deserve.

“The building work has been going smoothly and there has been relatively little disruption for patients and staff.”

The centre, due to open in October, will provide a single point of access to urgent care services, a range of diagnostics including an X-ray department with extended opening hours and short-term observation bays, reducing the need to travel to Kettering General Hospital.

The project is a joint scheme by Corby Healthcare Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire, Lakeside Surgery and Corby Council.

Leader of Corby Council Tom Beattie said: “We are very pleased with the development of the Corby Urgent Care Centre and are excited to see it take shape.

“It will give residents top- quality health care right here on their doorstep.”