‘Topping out’ ceremony at Normanton GP centre

Posted on July 29, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories |

Derby Telegraph | 27 March 2009

The last roof tile has been laid at a £4.3m Derby doctors’ surgery that is set to open in June.

Developers and GPs have this week celebrated reaching the milestone in the construction of the building in St Thomas Road, Normanton.

They held a traditional ‘topping-out’ event, which saw the final tile ceremoniously placed on the roof.

The new development will be home to Lister House Surgery, currently in nearby Harrington Street, as well as a pharmacy and the Derby Open Access Centre, which offers GP access without appointments seven days a week.

About 15,000 patients are expected to use the services offered, which will include drug advice, physiotherapy, counselling and minor surgery.

The surgery has been designed by healthcare company One Medical, which will run it as an NHS service.

Rachel Beverley-Stevenson, chief executive officer at One Medical, said the private organisation had worked in partnership with public organisations.

She said: “I am delighted that we have reached the final stages of this development. One Medical has worked closely with the doctors, the primary care trust and the council to ensure we meet all the requirements of local residents.”

The open access centre is currently housed at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and opens from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

It was set up as part of a Government scheme to establish 152 centres nationwide to help people who are unregistered or find it difficult to see a doctor in working hours.

It was the first to open in Derbyshire, with others planned for Ilkeston and Chesterfield.

The Ilkeston centre will open next month at Ilkeston Community Hospital and will cater for unregistered patients from across the county.

Patients in Ilkeston and the surrounding area will be able to register with the practice and make routine, urgent and emergency GP and nurse appointments there.

Prem Singh, chief executive of NHS Derby City, said he was pleased that Derby’s open access centre would soon have a permanent home.

He said: “We would like to congratulate the practice on making their vision a reality.

“Not only will this provide improvement for the surgeries’ patients but the new facility will also enable the trust to provide a permanent home for our new GP-led health centre.”

For more information about Lister House Surgery or to register as a patient, call Derby 271212.

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