The Akerman Health Centre is taking shape on the corner of Patmos Road and Akerman Road and is due to open to patients later this summer.
It has been developed with the direct involvement of local people in the design of the building, and the planning of its healthcare services.
Three nearby GP practices – Myatts Field Medical Practice, Foxley Square Surgery, and Iveagh House Surgery on Loughborough Road – will move into the new centre when it is complete.
It will also bring services usually provided in hospitals, such as blood testing and some minor surgery, closer to patients. These services will be brought in to the Akerman Health Centre by King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
There will be access to mental health services, including a specialist outreach service provided by the South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Adult social care services will be provided by the London Borough of Lambeth. The Centre will be a base for district nursing, specialist dentistry, the care of long term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, and maternity services for people in Brixton.
Work is progressing well and a ‘topping out’ ceremony, held when the last roof beam of a new building is put in place, was attended by all the partners involved in the centre’s development.