HEALTH-conscious students at Pontefract NEW College can now visit an on-site medical centre which aims to stop youngsters missing lessons to attend doctor’s appointments.
The new £40,000 Health Point Centre – staffed by NHS nursing teams offering a range of services including stopping smoking advice and dietary guidance – was officially opened for students at the Park Lane college on Friday.
Kristy Dixon, student wellbeing officer, said: “This is a brilliant facility for all the students to benefit from and will reduce the number lessons missed by pupils who have leave the campus to make appointments at outside doctors’ surgeries.
“It now means students can make appointments with us and nip across campus.
“So far it’s a huge success, we have had lots of students accessing the centre and treat around 20 to 30 students a day.”
The college received a £25,000 NHS grant from the Primary Care Trust to buy the portable building – which has two treatment rooms and a waiting area – and a further £15,000 was raised by the college to spend on nursing equipment and sanitary water systems.
Leon Riley, vice-principal, said: “The health point is an exciting addition to NEW College which will support our students.
“The centre also had a big impact when we were considered for the Learning and Skills Improvement Service’s healthy college award which we were given last month.
“This means we are now recognised as a college which provides its students with outstanding standards of care in many different areas including, medical support and healthy eating.”
The Health Point will be open from 9am to 4pm and is currently only offering appointments to students.