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Meeting a need Birkenhead Medical Building

It's famous for its shipbuilding and Britain's first publically-funded park, which went on to inspire the design of Central Park in New York.

But Birkenhead is also on the map for being one of the most deprived towns in England, and for mortality rates which are significantly worse than the national average.

In 2010, a new medical centre for the town was opened - and welcomed by its staff in an area of acute health deprivation.

The building more than doubled the practice area which the two resident surgeries had been using in their older, unfit premises. It made space for a seven-day minor injury and illness drop-in service, and for minor surgery to be carried out under the same roof as general practice.

This is a major achievement in developing high class facilities in an area of significant health and social need. It has taken a huge amount of input and support to achieve this. - Dr Abhi Mantgani, Senior Partner, Miriam Medical Centre

More than 16,000 patients. A place where easier access to health services can make a real difference.

This is a major achievement in developing high class facilities in an area of significant health and social need. It has taken a huge amount of input and support to achieve this.

Dr Abhi Mantgani, Senior Partner, Miriam Medical Centre

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