This is when Worthing’s state-of-the-art new health centre and multi-storey car park could be up and running

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Worthing’s state-of-the-art new health centre and multi-storey car park should be up and running by this summer, it has been revealed.

The Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC), in Stoke Abbott Road, is set to provide GP, mental health, community and dentistry services under one roof. Also provided will be a pharmacy and ‘additional services’ for families and young children.

The new car park being built alongside the WICC will provide a total of 173 spaces, Worthing Borough Council said.

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A spokesperson for the council added: “The overall cost of the project has increased substantially because of the impact of inflation on construction materials and labour as well as delays in the supply chain.

The Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC), in Stoke Abbott Road, is set to provide GP, mental health, community and dentistry services under one roof.The Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC), in Stoke Abbott Road, is set to provide GP, mental health, community and dentistry services under one roof.
The Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC), in Stoke Abbott Road, is set to provide GP, mental health, community and dentistry services under one roof.

"The original budget for the project was just under £34m. Last year Worthing’s cabinet agreed to invest a further £5.6m in the development because of rising costs.”

At a public meeting on Tuesday, February 6, the cabinet will be asked to agree to a further increase in the budget of up to £1.85m to complete the work, the council revealed.

"The final expected cost for the project would then be just over £41m,” the council added.

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“The additional expenditure will be funded by borrowing from the government's Public Works Loan Board at lower interest rates.”

The Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC), in Stoke Abbott Road, is set to provide GP, mental health, community and dentistry services under one roof.The Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC), in Stoke Abbott Road, is set to provide GP, mental health, community and dentistry services under one roof.
The Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC), in Stoke Abbott Road, is set to provide GP, mental health, community and dentistry services under one roof.

Worthing Borough Council owns the WICC site, which was previously used as a car park. When it is complete, Worthing Medical Group, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will all move services into the new care centre – ‘improving access to services for residents’.

The development will also generate income for the council through rent paid by the NHS organisations and from the new car park, the council said.

The council’s cabinet will discuss the WICC project at its public joint strategic sub-committee meeting at Worthing FC in Woodside Road from 6.30pm on February 6.