A £2 million health centre in Birmingham is the first of its kind in the Midlands to be funded through a new Government trust.
Woodgate Valley Health Centre, which opened last week, is the first facility to offer secondary care services, such as podiatry and speech therapy, in a "one-stop shop".
The facility was funded under the Local Improvement Finance Trust, which aims to speed up investment in local health care buildings.
Plans are now underway to create similar centres across the Birmingham and Black Country region, and work on a second unit in Chelmsley Wood has already started. The Woodgate Valley Centre will give the community a much needed boost to raise levels of health and life expectancy.
It is twice the size of the health centre that previously occupied the site in Stevens Avenue, Woodgate Valley, and also houses a surgery suite where patients may have minor operations.
Dr John Ward, the centre's lead GP, said: "I am delighted with the new premises. It is a great place for patients and staff and there is now plenty of room to expand services available here in the future."
Professor David Cox, chairman of South Birmingham Primary Care Trust, said: "Building a centre as impressive as this one is hard work and a team effort.
"It takes patience from local residents and all involved and I thank them for that. Everyone has helped to transform a good idea into real facilities."