Multi-million pound health hub to open in Dagenham

HEALTH bosses are planning to open a multi-million pound health centre in Dagenham in 2013.

The hub would have a GP surgery, pharmacy, dental surgery, and diagnostic services including X-ray and blood testing.

There are also plans for dedicated diabetes and lung disease care.

The Centre is planned to be near to the Sanofi-Aventis pharmaceutical plant in Rainham Road South and has been described as a “community hospital” by health chiefs though it will have no beds.

It is partly modelled on the �12million revamp of Barking Hospital, which features community health services and is to have maternity beds next year.

But unlike the Hospital, the Dagenham health centre will not feature a maternity unit.

NHS Barking and Dagenham stressed that an initial consultation carried out in 2009 had shown people were in favour of the community hospital near Dagenham East Tube.

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Corporate services director Rebecca Scott said: “This consultation found strong public support for a health facility in Dagenham with a wide range of services, in a location that is easy to access, with good transport links and good parking.

“Next steps are to refine the details through the development of a business case, which will also clarify how much the development will cost.

“It is envisaged that the hospital could open in 2013.”