STAFF at one of Accrington’s new state-of-the-art health centres are busy preparing for a Royal visitor who is set to perform the official opening ceremony.
The Accrington Pals Health Centre, in Paradise Street, is already open to patients but it will be given the Royal seal of approval by the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, next month.
A special ceremony will be held in the £7.5M building which has been designed to enhance community health provision.
The official opening will be on Thursday 13 March when the Prince will be given a guided tour of the centre to see the array of services available.
East Lancashire Primary Care Trust chief executive David Peat said: "We are honoured that our health centre will be given an official Royal opening. Already, thousands of local people are using the community-based services on offer and it is proving to be a big hit with local residents. We have received much praise and appreciative comments.
"The idea of naming it after the Accrington Pals was chosen to reflect local pride, local identity and local ownership. It brings together the concept of providing ultra-modern community health provision, combined with a great sense of tradition."
The new Acorn Primary Health Care Centre in Blackburn Road, Accrington, is also now up and running and the new Oak House Dental Centre, just behind the Accrington Pals Health Centre, is being kitted out ready for action in the near future.