A new £4m clinic has been given the royal seal of approval.

Princess Alexandra was at the new Teddington Health and Social Care Centre on Wednesday to open the building after a nine-month construction.

The Queen’s Road centre, which replaces Teddington Clinic, will house community nurses, occupational therapists and care managers, family planning services, children’s psychology and speech therapy, and specialist dentistry services for people with learning disabilities.

The project was funded by the Government, which awarded NHS Richmond the cash to upgrade the clinic. Building work started in December 2008.

Teams from NHS Richmond, Richmond Council and South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust will be based at the clinic, which is also the new home of the adult community mental health team.

Sian Bates, chairman of NHS Richmond, said: “The centre is an important step in achieving NHS Richmond’s vision for community health services to deliver integrated services, closer to people’s homes.

“The centre is a fantastic addition to local services, providing modern facilities for patients and staff.

“It will enable us to fully support those patients who have long-term conditions in a welcoming environment.”

Councillor Denise Carr, Richmond Council cabinet member for adult services, health and housing, said: “I’m delighted the centre is now open.

“Residents and staff will benefit hugely from the improved facilities.

“It will also be a great chance for our health and social care teams to work together to provide a seamless service for people.”

The princess went on a tour of the new centre during her visit and met some of the staff who will work there.

She also spoke to patients and unveiled a plaque to commemorate her visit.

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