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News / January 21, 2010

Commuity dental care on offer at new healthcare centre

by Guy Hiscott

Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, officially opened the award-winning £10 million Knockbreda Health & Care Centre today (21 January).

Services provided at the centre include community dental care, therapy, social work and nursing, adoption and post-adoption, GP out-of-hours and a Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

The fifth of seven centres being developed in the Belfast Trust area, Knockbreda Health and Care Centre will provide a range of services in a ‘one-stop-shop’ environment, bringing together treatment, care and information services that would previously have been provided from different locations.

Officially opening the Centre, Michael McGimpsey said: ‘Knockbreda Health and Care Centre will transform health and social services in this area, making a real difference to local people. The Centre will provide greater access to a wide range of services in the community, close to where people live and work.’

In June 2009, Knockbreda Health and Care Centre received recognition in the Design & Health International Academy Awards in Singapore. The awards recognise professional excellence in the research and practice of designing healthy built environments. Knockbreda Health and Care Centre won an award in the category of International Healthcare Project in recognition of the design of the building being patient-centred and demonstrating an understanding of the therapeutic effect of a ‘healing’ environment.

The Minister said: ‘This award-winning building clearly demonstrates how my Department, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust and their design teams have worked effectively together on health and social care planning and design. This recognition clearly demonstrates that Northern Ireland is a global leader in the design of health and social care facilities.’