New £3m extension for South Molton Medical Centre

The South Molton Medical Centre premises is going to undergo a £3.3m refurbishment and be extended d

The South Molton Medical Centre premises is going to undergo a £3.3m refurbishment and be extended during 2018. Picture: South Molton Medical Centre - Credit: Archant

Town centre GP premises in South Molton will be fully revamped with a new extension over the coming months

Work will get underway next month on a £3.3million extension and refurbishment of South Molton Medical Centre.

The centre in East Street has received £2.2m from the NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund plus another £1.2m from the South Molton Medical Centre Partnership.

It will fund a large extension and refurbishment of the existing medical centre in the centre of the town, to continue to provide modern day healthcare to their patients.

It is promising state-of-the-art facilities and more space.

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Dr Simon Chappell, of South Molton Medical Centre, said: “We are really excited to see the culmination of our bid for NHS funds for improvements start on site.

“Over the next 12 months there is bound to be some disruption for which we apologise, as the builder works around us in phases, but the end result of improved premises for staff and patients will be worth.

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“It will assist us in our mission of delivering the best quality primary healthcare for our patients.”

David Wilson Partnership Architects have worked with the practice on the design of the premises for the past 18 months and director David Wilson added: “We believe that the scheme will transform the medical centre into light and airy premises suited for modern primary healthcare.

“We understand that it was important for patients and staff to retain their presence in the heart of the town and are pleased to that the extension and refurbishment retains the facilities on their original site.”

The NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund is a national funding programme to support GP practices to make improvements to services for local patients.

Laila Pennington, head of primary care for NHS England in the South West, said: “These are really exciting plans that the surgery has developed – they should make a real difference for patients. We’re pleased to be able to add funding to an impressive scheme that will stand the town in good stead for years to come.”

The work will be carried out by Morgan Sindall and the first turf cut to begin the project will take place on February 15.

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