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Construction work starts on new health and wellbeing centre in Hornchurch

The new hub will come with a community café (Credit: NHS North East London)

A ground-breaking ceremony has been held to mark the official start of building work for a new health centre in Hornchurch.

The St George’s Health and Wellbeing Hub, off Sutton’s Lane, will bring together a range of health, social care and community services for people across Havering.

Health and care partners in north east London have been designing the hub together for a number of years.

The government recently approved the scheme and contractors  have spent the last few weeks clearing the site.

The health and social care secretary, Steve Barclay, joined senior staff from McLaren Construction Group at the ground breaking ceremony on Friday, 2 December.

“It’s brilliant to see shovels hitting the ground for the new St George’s Health and Wellbeing Hub, backed by £17 million of government funding as part of our plans to upgrade over 70 hospitals across the country,” said Mr Barclay.

“This successful partnership with health and care providers and the voluntary sector will offer a one stop shop to improve both physical and mental wellbeing for local people in north east London – from early diagnostic services for cancer, to mental health support and spaces for community groups to meet.”

Construction work should be finished in March 2024 (Credit: NHS North East London)

St George’s Health and Wellbeing Hub will come with a community café, multi-purpose education and meeting spaces as well as a sensory, dementia-friendly communal garden.

Local voluntary and community groups will be able to gather at the site.

The leader of Havering Council, Ray Morgon, added: “The building of a new health and wellbeing hub will bring together some additional first class facilities for this part of the borough.

“It means many residents who currently have to travel to different parts of Havering for their health needs will now have them on their doorstep.”

Work on the centre is due to be completed in March 2024.

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