CHP CEO visits Lawson Street Health Centre – a cornerstone of community care and collaboration

Lawson Street Health Centre (LSHC) in Stockton-on-Tees is a hub for the community, offering a comprehensive range of healthcare services under one roof. This modern three-storey, 3,200m2 facility houses two GP surgeries, a pharmacy, community dental health services, a district health team, a musculoskeletal clinic, bookable clinic rooms, and a diagnostic hub with ultrasound and echocardiogram capabilities. Lawson Street Health Centre was delivered under the NHS LIFT Programme. Community Health Partnerships is the Head Tenant for LSHC, one of 308 LIFT healthcare buildings across England.

Community Health Partnerships has a key role in providing well-maintained, core healthcare buildings and strategic estates expertise to support NHS teams and services, facilitate the delivery of place-based care, and help to build healthier communities. 

A showcase of partnership and innovation

In March 2024, Community Health Partnerships CEO, Wendy Farrington-Chadd, visited LSHC as part of a tour highlighting successful collaborations across the Durham and Tees Community Ventures LIFT estate.  Also, Wendy met Emma Bolton, CEO and Louise English, Associate Director at Community Ventures and discussed projects across the locality.  The CHP team also met with Andrew Gate, Regional Delivery Director at NHSE, and had an interesting discussion about securing the future of the LIFT Estate.

Dr Jane Fitch, CHP Regional Director for the North East, and Nicola Bolton, Senior Portfolio Manager, provided an overview of the region’s collaborative efforts with Integrated Care Boards (ICBs), NHS Property Services (NHSPS), NHS England, and tenants.  The CHP North East team gave some great examples of collaborative working and the schemes developing across their patch to improve efficiencies, drive utilisation, improve service delivery, and ultimately to enhance patient experience.

Steve Woodward, the building’s Operations and Relationship Manager, then facilitated a tour where LSHC tenants shared their positive experiences working within this state-of-the-art facility.

Wendy Farrington-Chadd and Dr Jane Fitch visit the Ultrasound diagnostic suite

Lawson Street Health Centre exemplifies the CHP model of bringing essential healthcare services closer to home in high-quality core healthcare buildings working with NHS and LIFTCo partners. This collaborative approach ensures patients receive the care they need when they need it in their local communities. During my visit, I had the opportunity to speak with staff and tenants from various services, and their positive feedback was invaluable.

It was fantastic to showcase the healthcare facilities in Lawson St Health Centre. It's clear that the diagnostics project is a success not just because of its design, but because of the open communication and teamwork that went into its creation. This clearly demonstrates how well the CHP North East team collaborates with our partners and wider stakeholders to achieve exceptional results.

Diagnostics at Lawson Street Health Centre

Lawson Street Health Centre exemplifies the CHP model of bringing essential healthcare services closer to home. LSHC is part of the Tees Valley Hub and Spoke model for the provision of community diagnostics. Minor works were overseen by CHP and building landlord Durham and Tees Community Ventures including installing air conditioning to mitigate the heat generated by the scanning equipment. Diagnostic services provided include Ultrasound and Echocardiograms. The diagnostic services opened for patients in Summer 2023, with opening hours from 8 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday.

The Diagnostic hub is based on the ground floor of the health centre. Previously, patients travelled to the University Hospital of Hartlepool NHS Trust, 25 minutes away, for these tests. Having a site within their local community delivers increased choice and accessibility, particularly for those who previously faced longer journeys.  

LSHC is an ideal location, and collaboration between partners ensured space was available for the diagnostic services.

Highlighting regional partnerships across the Tees valley

This diagnostic success story highlights the power of collaboration. CHP and Durham and Tees Community Ventures worked alongside the Tees Valley ICP Diagnostics Collaborative led by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. NHS North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) and NHS Property Services teams were also instrumental. The collaborative worked to ensure the diagnostics hub at Lawson Street HC design and implementation plan is tailored to local population health needs. All organisations are within the North East and North Cumbria ICS footprint, helping to develop a Diagnostics strategy for patients across the entire Tees Valley.

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