The Mayor of Wakefield, Cllr Josie Pritchard, officially opened the doors to Novus Health’s new health & wellbeing hub in the heart of Pontefract this week.
The hub means NHS patients can arrange appointments six-days-a-week, including Saturdays, to see a qualified audiologist, physiotherapist or dermatologist. A choice of early evening slots will be on offer, giving residents convenience and flexibility outside the traditional working week.
Cllr Pritchard was given a tour of the new health hub by Luke Streeting, Chief Executive of Novus Health. The facility boasts a soundproofed audiology room, rehabilitation gym, physiotherapy and dermatology rooms.
Luke said: “We’re all about keeping things as local as possible and making NHS services more accessible to people across the Wakefield district. It’s why we employ local people and base our services where people live and work.
“While appointments for things like hearing tests still need to be arranged in advance, our high street hubs allow us to offer broader, more convenient support to NHS patients. For example, if a hearing aid user needs repairs, battery replacement or tube and dome replacements, they can simply walk-in without an appointment.”
The Pontefract hub is the fourth health facility set up by Novus Health across the Wakefield district, joining the ranks of Normanton, Wakefield and Sandal.
Luke continued: “We noticed a gap in our provision for the Pontefract area, so when the right premises became available, it was the perfect opportunity for us to breathe new life into the town centre. By basing ourselves in a location which is well-served by public transport, using local contractors to develop the premises, and employing local people, we’re making good on our promise to provide quality health services in Wakefield, for Wakefield patients, and delivered by Wakefield residents.”
Cllr Pritchard said: “The new hub is a real boon for the people of Pontefract. It means they can access healthcare services in a convenient location, and thanks to Novus Health’s emphasis on employing Wakefield people, we’ll see local residents helping local NHS patients to get better, and most importantly, stay better. “
The community hubs are just one piece in the jigsaw of service provision offered by Novus Health: NHS patients in Wakefield can choose a Novus Health appointment in their own home, at their local health & wellbeing hub or at a GP practice, giving them greater choice and flexibility over when and where they are seen.
Residents can find the Novus Health Pontefract Health & Wellbeing Hub at 25 Market Place,
Pontefract, WF8 1AG