• An Open Space site has opened at Ashurst Health Centre in Skelmersdale. 
  • The NHS Property Services initiative enables access to underused space across the NHS, enabling health and wellbeing providers to offer much needed health services at the heart of local communities.  
  • Proceeds from the scheme are set to be reinvested back into the NHS. 

Health and wellbeing providers looking for flexible ways to deliver services in West Lancashire can now use NHS pay-as-you-go spaces across England through NHS Property Services’ (NHSPS) ‘NHS Open Space’ initiative.  

NHSPS has opened an NHS Open Space site at Ashurst Health Centre in West Lancashire.    

The NHS Open Space scheme offers clinical and non-clinical spaces for hire on an hourly, daily or sessional basis, with greater flexibility and choice at an affordable price.  

Health and wellbeing providers as well as businesses and community groups in West Lancashire can use NHS Open Space to easily find and book clinical and non-clinical rooms within their local communities, while being reassured of the safety of themselves and their customers or patients.   

The intuitive booking system means that users only pay for the time and space they need. It also makes better use of the NHS estate, driving money back into the health service at a critical time.   

Rosie Cooper, Member of Parliament 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, which form the backbone of my constituency.  

“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.” 

Christopher King, Principal Strategic Asset Manager at NHS Property Services, 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.” 

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