Patients are 'nearly passing out' due to ventilation problems at a newly opened medical centre during soaring summer temperatures, it's been claimed.

Health bosses have apologised after patients attending the £3.15 million Great Harwood Health Centre complained that waiting areas and treatment rooms have felt like 'a sauna' over the past few months.

Maureen Tomlinson, from Great Harwood, said: “It's been a problem over the past few months and certainly since before Christmas last year.

“I have been down there a few times each week and when you go upstairs to sit in the waiting room there are these massive windows.

“It gets really warm and in the treatment rooms it's even hotter. People are nearly passing out.”

The health centre opened in October last year on the former Albion Mill site in Water Street and promised healthcare 'fit for the 21st century'.

Maureen said it was a 'fantastic building apart from when it's warm'.

She said: “It is the staff I feel sorry for as they are having to work in that as well.

“When I've been it's only been for about half an hour but I fell sorry too for people that have to wait there longer. It gets like a sauna.”

Ward councillor Kerry Molineux told the Great Harwood area forum last week: “I have been in that building on a hot sunny day and it's not a pleasant place to sit for more than half an hour.”

NHS Property Services said they are monitoring the situation.

A spokesman said: ““Like most NHS health centres, Great Harwood Health Centre utilises mechanical ventilation which supplies fresh air via openings in the ceiling, a mechanism that complies with all building and infection control policies.

“Nevertheless, the recent increased summer temperatures can have an impact on the temperature of the air flow in the health centre and we are continuing to monitor the situation.

“We apologise to any visitors who may have experienced some discomfort or inconvenience.” 

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