Staff July 18, 2019

The Government of Gibraltar and the GHA, say they are immensely proud to announce the inauguration of the Children’s Health Centre. They remark that this is a true landmark project, marked by the commissioning of a fully child friendly environment and co-location of primary and secondary care Paediatrics. It is the culmination of 24 months of work and is the fulfilment of a key manifesto commitment for this Government.

This will be located in Block 9 of Europort, less than a two minutes walk from St Bernard’s Hospital.

The main space, with ample area for prams and buggies, leads the eye to floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the GHA gardens and the harbour beyond. The space is complemented by a quiet and private room for breastfeeding. At the far end, there is a delightful, open play area with clean and well-chosen toys. Seven bright, welcoming, and fully equipped dental clinics are found in this area. An undersea marine theme decorates the walls and leads to nautical scenes around the main seating area.

In order for there not to be any disturbance to the seamless delivery of care, there will be a phased approach to commencing services in the new Children’s Centre. Phase 1, commencing on the 17 July, will include staff induction and Child Health clinics, Neuro-disability assessment/reviews with Paediatric multi-disciplinary team assessments, Paediatric Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Dietetics, Diabetes clinics, and Gibraltar Young Minds.

By the end of September, a lift will be installed to provide better access to persons with additional mobility needs. Parking availability has also been arranged for service users and this will be introduced, by late August, on a pay and display basis with a two-hour free parking for persons attending the centre.

The Chief Minister, the Honourable Fabian Picardo MP said: “My Government have always maintained our willingness to listen to our community and improve services in Gibraltar in consultation with service users. This is indeed a very proud moment for me as Chief Minister and, equally importantly, as a parent, to see this welcoming and bright new Children’s Health Centre open for patients. This has to be one of the standout projects for our health services, and I am very excited to watch the services establish and grow in time. I am also enormously proud of the enthusiasm and determination of the primary care teams, and in particular Mrs Rose Suissa, to deliver something truly incredible and a lasting legacy to the health and wellbeing of our children.”

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