Work to bring a new £55m healthcare centre will start in early 2024 after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak launched his support behind the project. 

Groundwork on the multi-million-pound facility in Catterick Garrison, which will serve the military and civilian population of the UK’s biggest army base and Richmondshire, is expected to start as soon as January. 

The Catterick Integrated Care Campus is a joint project between the NHS and the Ministry of Defence; the first of its type. 

Built on a site close to the camp centre roundabout, the campus will provide a range of primary care and community services. 

The Northern Echo: A mock-up of how the Catterick Integrated Care Campus will look once builtA mock-up of how the Catterick Integrated Care Campus will look once built (Image: NHS)

Construction work is to start four months ahead of schedule after the expected approval of the business case for the investment. 

The plans for the centre include a three-storey E-shaped building 113m long.  The 10-acre site will also include 169 staff and 229 visitor parking spaces, a linear park, a community and sensory garden and an arboretum. 

The Garrison’s existing Harewood GP practice will move to the site and other services based in the building will include out-of-hours GP cover, mental health, physiotherapy, paediatrics, audiology, ophthalmology, trauma and orthopaedic outpatients, diabetes support, heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation. 

Several community services will be based there as well, including district nursing, health visiting, palliative care and pharmacy. 

The news has been welcomed by Rishi Sunak, the MP for Richmond, who has supported the campus from its inception.

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He said: “The new campus will make a big difference to health care in the Garrison and the wider Richmondshire district, bringing many services closer to home for residents in Catterick and Colburn but also Richmond and the Dales area. 

“It represents a major investment in local infrastructure, catering for the additional Service personnel coming to the Garrison and their families plus the new housing planned for the area.” 

The new campus is expected to open in 2026.