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Flagship centre set for MP launch

Alan Johnson, MP Hull West and Hessle, will be dropping in to the brand new Wilberforce Health Centre on Friday.

Assisted by local residents, staff and doctors, Mr Johnson will be invited to cut the ribbon, officially opening the state-of-the-art £16.5m building. He will then be taken on a tour of the new facility where he will learn first hand how staff at the facility has been improving choice and access to healthcare since it welcomed its first patients in November last year.

Catering for up to 60,000 patients a year, the new facility hosts a range of services including sexual health services, which have relocated from Conifer House in Prospect Street, two GP practices, paramedic services, public health advisers and a community café.

Situated on the first floor of the five story building is the Story Street Medical Practice and Walk-in Centre which was originally located on temporary site on Albion Street car park while the new health centre was being constructed.

Operated by Assura East Riding, the walk-in centre is open from 8am-8pm every single day of the year, and sees and treats both registered and unregistered patients with or without an appointment.

In addition to the walk-in centre, a second GP practice, that of Dr AW Hussain, has relocated from Anlaby Road. The Quays Medical Centre, formerly of Myton St, is now based on the second floor of Wilberforce Health Centre, whilst Cornerhouse young people’s services and Journey2Recovery (J2R) addictions.

Dr Ric Harrison, a local GP and member of Assura East Riding LLP which runs the walk-in centre, said: “We are delighted that Alan will be joining us to officially open our new home which is much better suited to delivering high quality medical care that is both conveniently and easily accessible to local people.

“We are committed to providing patients with care when they need it and will be open as usual between the hours of 8am to 8pm every day of the year. Patients are welcome to drop in if they need to see a doctor or nurse during these times and they do not have to be registered to do so, though patients may also register with us if they wish.”

Dr Kate Guthrie, medical director for City Health Care Partnership and clinical director at Hull and East Riding Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Partnership, said when it opened: “The Hull and East Riding Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Partnership provides sexual health services across Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire and we are delighted with our move to the new premises, just a few minutes away from our old base at Conifer House.

“Our complete range of current services, treatment and advice, including our drop-in clinic will be available at the Wilberforce Health Centre from today.”

Work on the centre began late in 2009 and it is the 10th to be built in the city under the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust scheme.

Story Street Medical Practice and Walk-in Centre
Wilberforce Health Centre
6-10 Story Street

Tel: 01482 335 180
Opening times:
8am to 8pm Monday to Sunday
(open bank holidays and weekends)


Press enquiries regarding to:
Russell Elliott, Assura East Riding LLP. Tel: 020 7380 1794; 07855 806 093
Rachel Johnson, NHS Hull. Tel: 01482 344 820

Notes to editors

Wilberforce Health Centre incorporates:

  • The practice of AW Hussain, having relocated from Anlaby Road.
  • Story Street Medical Practice and Walk-In Centre, having relocated from its temporary modular building on the site of Albion Street car park.
  • The Quays Medical Centre, relocated from Myton Street.
  • Sexual health services, relocated from Conifer House.
  • Cornerhouse young people’s services.
  • Teenage pregnancy support services.
  • Addictions services, incorporating Journey2Recovery (J2R).
  • Healthy living advice, including support to stop smoking, weight management etc.
  • A base for paramedics.
  • A café.

Some 60,000 patients are expected to use the facility each year.

Wilberforce Health Centre was developed by Citycare, a public private partnership between NHS Hull, the Sewell Group, the UME Group and Community Health Partnerships. It is the tenth building to be delivered under the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) scheme, which aims to modernise and improve the quality of healthcare premises across the city

As with all LIFT premises, the building incorporates a number of environmentally friendly features. For Wilberforce Health Centre, these include solar panels, rainwater harvesting and intelligent heating systems.

Story Street Medical Practice and Walk-in Centre

  • Provides GP and nurse services from 8am to 8pm 365 days per year including Bank Holidays. The practice offers a drop-in facility for people who are not registered patients of the practice and who, for whatever reason, are unable to attend their own GP surgery for treatment.
  • The practice/walk-in centre is run by Assura East Riding LLP; a 50:50 joint venture partnership between Assura Medical and 13 local GP practices. It provides community-based services and is run by a clinical management board comprising GPs, a practice manager, a business director and an Assura Medical regional general manager. Other services operated by Assura East Riding LLP include the East Park Practice and Northpoint NHS Healthcare Centre, plus, musculoskeletal, ultrasound, dermatology and ophthalmology services.
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