New Scunthorpe health centre proposed

Oswald House, in Oswald Road, Scunthorpe, summer 2023
Oswald House, in Oswald Road, Scunthorpe, summer 2023 -Credit:Google Streetview

A health centre has been proposed in Oswald Road, Scunthorpe.

It would be a private healthcare service, with private GP, specialist services like gastroenterology, cardiology, and physiotherapy, and offer many other health services. Lifeline Healthcare Services Ltd is the applicant, owned by GPs in surgeries elsewhere in North Lincolnshire.

If approved, the health centre will take over Oswald House, the former home of North Lincolnshire's youth offending service. It is also separate from, and would not replace, an existing NHS-run medical centre two doors down.

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Lifeline Healthcare has already bought Oswald House. Planning permission is sought for amended use for healthcare provisions. The building's internal space would be transformed from offices, to include ten consultation rooms, a reception, and a surgery room. The premises would be run under the trading name InspireHealth.

It would be used to provide private healthcare services, including women's health, musculoskeletal procedures and rheumatology. Lifeline Healthcare aim to establish themselves as approved NHS service providers too, to support patient care. It is CQC-approved and the building would be too, once building work is completed.

Lifeline Healthcare view the scheme as to give patients choice for care and offer timely high-quality services to patients with private insurance cover too, closer to their home. It would be recruiting staff as the project grows, so also creating potential local job opportunities for residents, as well.

Oswald House was used as offices last year, an application document states. North Lincolnshire's youth offending service left the site in March 2020 to go to the council's Church Square House HQ. The new health centre will not be providing NHS GP services, and will not have similarity to the existing NHS medical centre in Oswald Road.

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Lifeline Healthcare, set up in 2022, is owned by some of the GPs at Kirton Lindsey and Scotter Surgery. A representative has made clear the company will not have any impact on the functioning or staffing of this surgery.