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wellness
centres
Duncan Jenner reports on the
integrated wellness offering at
St Peter’s Centre in Burnley
THUMBING A LIFT
PCT (ELPCT), which was in the process
of a strategic review of health services,
and Burnley Borough Council, which was
conducting an independent assessment
t Peter’s Centre – a local authorities in terms of health and of its leisure services – in particular the
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combined leisure and deprivation indices. The population suffers future of the ageing William Thompson
primary care hub in from higher rates of long-term illness and Leisure Centre.
Burnley, Lancashire – signifi cantly lower life expectancy than Both studies identifi ed the need for
opened in 2006. Extending the national average, and there are many facilities in the centre of Burnley, at
to almost 20,000sq m (215,278sq ft) other lifestyle-related issues – high levels which point the PCT and the council
and costing nearly £29m, the centre of circulatory disease and coronary heart began to talk about the possibility of
fi ts into the increasingly popular disease, for example, as well as teenage combining their projects. It was decided
model of comprehensive, integrated pregnancy rates. By offering a more to scrap the existing William Thompson
wellness services and offers a powerful integrated approach to primary care, Centre, with its prime town centre
demonstration of how joined-up thinking giving valuable links between health care location, and utilise a nearby site to
can generate exciting, creative solutions. and exercise, St Peter’s Centre addresses house both the new leisure facilities
With its pockets of social and economic such issues directly. and the wide range of health facilities
deprivation (see information box, The scheme came about as a result of required (see information box, p51), all
p52), Burnley is in the bottom fi fth of simultaneous reviews by East Lancashire under one roof.
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