New medical centre moves step closer for people of Wellingborough

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, LIFT, Press/News Releases, Providers | Tags: |

Proposed Isebrook Primary Care Centre

 

Plans for a new £5.75m medical centre, to be built on the site of the former Isebrook Hospital in Irthlingborough Road, Wellingborough, have moved a step closer after planning approval was granted by Wellingborough Borough Council.

Isebrook Primary Care Centre, as it is likely to be known, will be provided by Assura, one of the UK’s leading investors in primary care centres, along with architects Hunter and Partners.

The new facility will accommodate thirteen GPs from the three practices currently based at the cramped and outdated Gold Street Medical Centre, namely Dr Inns and Partners; Dr Datta and Partner; and Dr Patel and Partner.

Each of the practices had previously expressed an interest in relocating to Isebrook as part of the second wave LIFT project for Northamptonshire, but the need for better facilities and the investment of Assura has meant that development can take place sooner.

PCT services as well as expanded education and training facilities for GPs are also expected to be provided from the new primary care centre, alongside additional services such as minor surgery and spirometry testing, which are traditionally only available at the local hospital.

Commenting on the planning approval, Simon Gould, development manager of Assura, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded planning consent to take this project forward. The new primary care centre will provide modern, spacious accommodation especially designed for local GP practices which are currently in inadequate premises.”

Dr Johnny McMahon, GP Partner at the Dr inns and Partners, said: “The three Wellingborough practices are delighted to be relocating to the purpose built facility on the local hospital site.

“We believe that this will have a significant and positive impact on the care of our patients and on the health of the local community.”

Building work will commence in April, with the new building expected to be completed by July 2010.

ENDS

Press enquiries regarding Assura Group to:

Louise Bathersby, Assura Group.
Tel: 020 7107 3830

Russell Elliott, Assura Group.
Tel: 020 7107 3833

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