BUILDING work has begun on a new medical centre.
MedicX has made a start on the long-awaited Market Cross Surgery in Corby Glen this week.
The Surrey-based company received planning permission from South Kesteven District Council in November last year to build a larger centre on part of the Charles Read High School’s playing fields, in Bourne Road, Corby Glen, to replace the existing surgery in Market Place.
The new site is now due to open in March next year.
MedicX development manager Jemma Whetton is delighted to be bringing improved health care facilities to Corby Glen.
She said: “We gained much support from all patients following the public consultation and will continue this enthusiasm throughout the build of this exciting project.”
The new surgery will include five consulting rooms, a treatment/minor injuries room and a room for minor surgery.
The new surgery will also continue to provide accommodation for the community nursing team and health visitors.
Dr John Elder and his staff are looking forward to the move. They believe they have outgrown the current building and are looking forward to moving into a more spacious surgery.
Dr Elder said: “It is fantastic news and a welcomed relief to start on site this week.
“We have experienced several false starts in the past, however the culmination of several years’ hard work is paying off.”
Dr Elder said the current practice already provides a wide range of services, including a walk-in minor injuries unit, nurse-led family planning, extended GP access, minor surgery, travel immunisations, anti-coagulation clinics and private aesthetic and acupuncture treatments which help to support the NHS service.
But he added: “However, the new surgery will provide an expanded range of services for our rural community and that extra space required following substantial growth over the past 15 years.”
The new centre is being developed and paid for by MedicX, which specialises in building primary care premises.
Once the medical centre is built, it will then be leased back to the doctors through an NHS-approved arrangement.