New health centre brings together services

 A new £12m health centre has opened in north Brixton to provide general practice, community health and social care services under one roof.

The state-of-the-art Akerman Health Centre brings together a range of services to provide convenience and access to support for local residents.

Services will be provided by Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Community Health Services, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Angela Dawe, Director of Operations at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said the centre would become the “health hub for local people”.

The centre will house three separate GP practices. In addition it will provide care for long-term conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, access to mental health services and dentistry. It will also be used as the main base for district nursing and specialised maternity services in Brixton.

Dr Adrian McLaughlin, Chair of NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group, said the “great strength” of the facility will be its integration of healthcare and social care services.

“We hope that the centre will also bring shorter waiting times and better access to services for patients,” he said. “For us as clinical commissioners, reducing inequalities and improving healthcare for local people is a priority, and the Akerman Health Centre will go some way to achieving this.”