A MULTI-million pound village health centre is now complete, and says the ward councillor, is set to transform the patient experience when it opens next year.

The Bolton News has been an exclusive look inside the modern, environmentally friendly building for Little Lever, which has been in the pipeline since 2014 as the old centre started to fall in disrepair.

The new 1,206 sqm steel frame and brick building will boast a contemporary library space and state-of-the-art NHS health centre.

This will provide three GP surgeries and other medical support, including treatment for long-term conditions in the community.

It has been designed by AFL Architects and is being built by Bolton-headquartered firm Seddon.

The new facility is situated on the site of the former Tesco Metro on Foundry Street.

Once opened it will replace the town’s existing, 40-year-old health centre ­— which has been deemed no longer fit-for-use by Bolton NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Little Lever’s library has also outgrown its present home, which was built in 1940.

Ward councillor Sean Hornby was one of the first to have a look around the centre.

He told The Bolton News: “The keys to the building have been handed over to the authority, there is still some work to be done internally.

“The library should be open in February with the health centre opening to the public in March.”

Cllr Hornby added: “The old health centre was falling apart and was not fit for purpose. This is a modern building, with more consultation rooms and there are discussions taking place to bring in more services so people can access them a lot easier.”

The £5m health centre was built with green features, including solar panels. Plans to turn the old supermarket into a modern new facility have been in the pipeline since the store moved from Market Street to Crossley Street at the end of 2014. In October 2018, Bolton Council chiefs gave the go-ahead for the building to be demolished to make way for a purpose-built facility.

“A lot of hard work has gone into bringing a new health centre to Little Lever,” said Cllr Hornby.