Building work has started on a much needed new health centre for over 19,000 patients served by three GP practices in Wellingborough.
The practices of Abbey Medical Practice, Dr Datta & Partners and Dr Patel & Partner, formerly based at the Gold Street Medical Centre and currently operating out of temporary accommodation at Hemmingwell Lodge following a fire, are having a state of the art health centre built on the site Isebrook Hospital site, Irthlingborough Road in the town.
The £5.75m new primary care centre, which is being developed by Assura Property, one of the UK's leading investors in primary care centres, will provide much more spacious and modern accommodation and facilities for the three practices, staff and patients. The building contractor is Galliford Try and architects Hunter and Partners.
The new development will be conveniently located at Isebrook Hospital, Irthlingborough Road which is already a centre for healthcare for residents of Wellingborough and the surrounding area. The practices and Assura have worked in partnership with NHS Northamptonshire to agree the design of the new three storey building for which planning permission was granted in December 2008.
Traditional and additional NHS primary care services, as well as expanded education and training facilities for GPs, will be provided from the new primary care centre. The building, which is scheduled to be completed in October 2011, will also have full disabled access.
Commenting on the news, Simon Gould, development manager of Assura Property, said: "We are delighted to begin construction of this much needed new facility, which is designed to provide a welcoming atmosphere and improved facilities for patients as well as a much improved working environment for doctors, nurses and staff. We are very grateful for the hard work of the doctors and the assistance of NHS Northamptonshire which has enabled work to commence on site."
Dr Geoff King, GP partner at Abbey Medical Practice, said: "We are delighted to be moving to the Isebrook Hospital site despite all the hard work that has gone into making our temporary premises at Hemmingwell Lodge available. We can't wait to move into our permanent new home."
Enabling works comprising a new car park for the hospital and the diversion of a sewer have now been completed which means that the foundations of the new building can be laid.
Photo: Artist's impression of the new health centre being built at Isebrook hospital.