As part of the annual planned maintenance programme, work was scheduled to upgrade the water pipes at the Lambeth Community Care Centre (LCCC). However an existing leak in the pipework on the first floor of the LCCC has significantly worsened. Due to the size of the leak and the location of the pipes embedded in the concrete flooring, it is impossible to do a temporary repair and therefore necessary to urgently bring forward the repair work. Until the extensive repairs are completed, which includes excavating the concrete floors to replace all the water pipes, the building is vulnerable to sudden loss of heating and water supply. The scale of the works now requires the building to be temporarily closed for six weeks due to the amount of noise, debris and disruption the work will cause. The closure date for the building is 7 December with work commencing on 10 December.
During this time, all intermediate care inpatient admissions will be at The Pulross Centre, Brixton. The unit will operate at its full 20 bed capacity with the additional medical, nursing and therapy this level of activity requires.
Ground floor community outpatient services are being temporarily relocated during this time to other health centres nearby. These changes are being communicated directly to patients who have booked appointments during this period. The services affected are:
• Gateway Acupuncture Clinic
• Foot Health
• Heart Failure Clinic
The temporary closure comes at a crucial time for the future of the Centre. The local NHS plan to close the intermediate care inpatient beds on the first floor and convert the Centre into a specialist centre for people recovering from amputations. At a meeting of the Friends of the LCCC last Wednesday opinion was divided as to whether the Friends should support the plans. The Committee recommended support for the plans, but the majority of members at the meeting wanted intermediate care for local people to continue.
Photo: Edward Cullinan Architects