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Construction underway on £4m Ashton-in-Makerfield health centre

Construction work has begun on a new £4 million health centre in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Greater Manchester.

Situated on the site of the former town hall, the 11,840 sq ft building will house two GP practices and a medical centre.

Other features will include the Bryne Street Practice on the first floor, with the ground floor used for community services.

Also planned is an ambulance standby point where crews can rest between calls.

Eric Wright Health and Care, working in partnership with Wigan Council and Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has been appointed as main contractor to deliver the scheme.

The project is part of the Healthier Wigan initiative which looks to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

An official sod cutting ceremony recently took place with local representatives from the adjacent St Oswald’s Primary School present.

Wayne Ashton, head of strategic planning at Eric Wright Health and Care, says: “When finished, the centre will provide the community with exceptional facilities to support their health and wellbeing.

“With work already underway, we are working towards a completion date of summer next year.”

Dr Tim Dalton, local GP and chair of NHS Wigan Borough CCG, adds: “We are delighted to be able to bring a new health centre to local residents in Ashton.

“This is a major step forward in the quality of the health facilities in the area and I look forward to seeing the building work progress over the coming months.”