Pallion Health Centre
This new development replaces cramped and outdated facilities adjacent to the City Hospital in Sunderland. Temporary accommodation allowed patient services to continue throughout the construction phase. Under croft parking was designed in to make efficient use of the restricted, steeply sloping site. The project provides facilities for three GP practices and includes an onsite Pharmacy, discrete area for disruptive patient service (DPS), a community clinic, health promotion, minor procedures suite together with podiatry and eye screening. Accommodation is arranged as follows:
Ground floor: Community care services: health promotion, minor treatment suite, planned care and pharmacy. 1st floor: Main clinical GP accommodation, accessed via passenger lifts or via feature staircase from main atrium area. 2nd floor: Staff only facilities: community healthcare team bases, staff changing and meeting rooms.
Entry is by means of lifts and access controlled staircases one of which is a dedicated entrance from the under croft staff parking area. Accessibility was a key consideration for the development, particularly for those from disadvantaged groups. Existing pedestrian links were enhanced with a designated pedestrian route to the adjacent City Hospital.
Peter Todd, Capital Projects Manager at NHS South of Tyne and Wear, said: “The new building is visually impressive, easier for patients to use and much more environmentally friendly, reflecting best practice in sustainable design.”
The building won the 2012 Regional LABC Award for Best Community Building.