New sexual health services open in Doncaster

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The £1.5m third floor refurbishment at The Flying Scotsman Centre in Doncaster which will house the town’s new sexual health services has now been completed.

Led by Community Health Partnerships (CHP), and working closely with CHP’s local LIFTCo partner, Doncaster Estates Partnership (DEP) and NHS partners, the Flying Scotsman was the preferred site for the services to be delivered out of for its central location, accessible transport links and modern facilities.

The variation which was majority funded from CHP’s capital saw a refurbishment of the third floor which was previously under-utilised. This was identified by CHP’s work towards the Dynamic Capacity Management (DCM) project, which looked at how we best utilise space within our sites through utilisation monitors.

Through this it identified only a small amount of available space on the third floor was used on a sessional basis.

As part of the refurbishment, it saw a total reconfiguration of the existing non-clinical space which included the removal of a reception desk and the existing waiting area reduced in size.

The new proposals also include a number of consultation and treatment rooms, a microscopy laboratory, multi-use offices, storerooms and a counselling room.

Although the floor has been designed with the view of accommodating the sexual health services, the redesign has been built in a way where the space can be reconfigured easily, should the service no longer require if for service delivery.

The relocation to The Flying Scotsman will help save the healthcare economy around £100k per annum, where previously the service was delivered from an outdated, leased building on the outskirts of town. The site had a number of environmental and access issues which could not have been improved.

This will also mean it will allow the local trust to dispose of estate, which is no longer fit for purpose, allowing them to reinvest in other services to benefit local communities.

Daniel Cook, Project Manager at Community Health Partnerships said:

“I am delighted to see the opening of the new sexual health services at The Flying Scotsman Centre, the need to bring sexual health services into one easily accessible site has been a long time coming.

By working closely with our local LIFTCo, and NHS partners, the new facility will mean services can be delivered from a safe and modern site, along with many other health services all under one roof”

Andrew Duck of Doncaster Estates Partnership added:

“On behalf of Doncaster Estates Partnership, we’re delighted to have supported both CHP and local partners to transform this space which will be used to deliver essential services to the people of Doncaster. By working closely with our construction and project management partners we’ve ensured that this project was delivered to time and budget, at the height of the pandemic, and we’re pleased to handover and see the delivery of services commence.

Paul McGuinness, Head of Capital & Planning at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) also said:

“I have been involved with this project for a number of years, working at a previous Trust and now at RDaSH, it is fantastic to see that the reconfiguration and refurbishment has finally taken place. Staff have relocated to a much-improved environment not only for themselves to work in but also for patients using the services provided and it has been a pleasure working with all the teams involved.”

2 July 2021

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