AN NHS Open Space site has opened at Ashurst Health Centre, Skelmersdale.
The scheme offers hire of rooms in NHS properties, both clinical and non-clinical, on an hourly, daily or sessional basis at an affordable price.
Health and wellbeing providers as well as businesses and community groups in West Lancashire can use NHS Open Space to book clinical and non-clinical rooms, while being reassured of the safety of themselves and their customers or patients.
Users only pay for the time and space they need at the centre on Lulworth in the town.
Proceeds from the scheme will be reinvested into the NHS.
Rosie Cooper MP for West Lancashire, said: “I welcome this new initiative, and very much look forward to the benefits it will bring not only to health and wellbeing professionals, but to community groups and businesses in Skelmersdale.
“Previously underused space in NHS Property Services’ portfolio will be put to good use, and I am delighted to hear that the proceeds of the scheme will be reinvested into the NHS.”
Principal strategic asset manager at NHS Property Services Christopher King ,said: “We know many NHS providers will be looking for more flexible property and space options in the wake of the pandemic as ways of working and operating change.
“For many, cleanliness and infection control will be front of mind, as they will want the confidence to inform their customers or patients they are in a safe space.
“Safety has been, and still is our number one priority.
“Using an NHS space will help take another weight off services providers’ minds, as providers and patients alike can count on us to ensure that all available sites are cleaned and maintained to the highest of safety standards.”
To register for the NHS Open Space scheme got to www.openspace.nhs.uk.