Uppingham Surgery signs deal to move to NFU building

NFU East Midlands offices, Uppingham.'Photo: MSMP070813-002ow
NFU East Midlands offices, Uppingham.'Photo: MSMP070813-002ow
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Doctors in Uppingham hope to move into new premises in January after completing the purchase of the NFU building in the town.

More than 10,400 patients are set to benefit when Uppingham Surgery moves from its current site in London Road to Uppingham Gate, Ayston Road.

The surgery was given the green light to move to the premises by Rutland County Council in February.

It has now purchased the site from the NFU and surgery manager Rob Lynch said it hoped to be treating patients at its new practice by January next year.

The move will accommodate the surgery’s growing patient list, with a new 44-space car park, more consulting rooms, a lift to its first floor and better disabled access, as well as an on-site pharmacy with separate access for patients.

Mr Lynch said: “This is really good news for us.

“The project has been bubbling away for 18 months and it’s taken a while to finalise a purchase having got planning permission but now we are really keen to move in and start work.

“Our patient numbers are always growing and the move will allow us to meet increased future demand.”

The development will be privately funded by the Uppingham Surgery Partnership, as well as funds from the will of Uppingham resident Teddy Toon. The cost has not been revealed.

The NFU has six members of staff working in the ground floor of the building, who will move to office space on the first floor when the surgery opens.

Regional director for the union, Richard Hezlet said three quarters of the building had been empty since call centre staff moved to Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, and that it was too big for its needs and expensive to run.

Mr Hezlet said: “We are delighted it’s been sold.

“It’s a nice place to work in and the space is really ideal for what the surgery needs.

“We are staying as tenants and that’s a great bonus. Our staff will look forward to working alongside them when the move is complete.”

The surgery held a consultation on the plans to open at the site with patients last year. Of the 650 who responded, most were in favour of the move.

There were concerns from parents and older patients who walk to the practice.

The surgery is working with NHS England Area Team, the Clinical Commissioning Groups, Rutland County Council, Uppingham Town Council and the Uppingham Surgery Patient Participation Group with the move.