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Work begins on new Cripps Health Centre


Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Cripps Health Centre

It's been delivering invaluable support for students and staff on campus for almost half a century. Now building work is underway to create a brand new Cripps Health Centre.  

Originally opened in 1969, it was a pioneering healthcare centre unlike any other at a university. Thanks to a transformational gift of £9m, the Cripps Foundation is refreshing its original vision to create a 21st-century healthcare and wellbeing facility for students, staff and the community, unrivalled within higher education. It is a gift which provides support and care for all our students studying at the University in Nottingham. 

This new generation building reflects a philanthropic legacy which began with Cyril Cripps in 1949 and has continued through generations of his family. Members of the Cripps family joined former Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway at University Park Campus this summer to mark the ground-breaking. 

"This University attracted the attention of my grandfather and father 60 years ago. We're very proud to have an association with this University," said Robert Cripps, founding member of the Cripps Foundation. "We hope that this building will supply all of the requirements, not only for the student body, but the body that makes up the whole of the University, providing the best of health support to everyone. It will be the best in the country, just as the original one was when it was first built."

When it was first built, Cripps Health Centre had just over 6,000 students and staff on its records. It now boasts a list of more than 41,000 patients from around the world – the biggest GP register in the UK. 

The new facility will offer a holistic approach to primary health and dental care with enhanced clinical consulting rooms, minor operations suites, a patient observation bay, physiotherapy areas, dentist treatment rooms, pharmacy and mental health suite as well as training rooms and offices. Work is schedule for completion in autumn 2018, at which point the current health centre will be repurposed. 

Posted on Tuesday 17th October 2017

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