Work starts on new health centre for Cheltenham
By Sarah Wood | 3rd November 2020
Building work on a new £10million health centre development in Cheltenham has begun, with contractors B&K Building Services Limited moving onto the site and cutting the first turf.
The purpose-built centre on Prestbury Road will transform GP services in this part of Cheltenham with three town centre practices relocating, enabling Berkeley Place, Crescent Bakery and Royal Crescent to provide services to around 25,000 patients.
The new building will take around 12 months to complete and will be built to modern, environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art specifications.
Additional consulting and treatment rooms will enable the practices to meet growing demands and offer a broader range of services to patients, such as support from nurses, paramedics and pharmacists.
The practices will also be able to share resources and work more flexibly, offering extended opening times to patients, whilst significantly more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals will be able to receive training.
Dr Phil Kurlbaum, on behalf of the three surgeries, said: "We are delighted and really excited that work on our new health centre is getting underway.
"Cheltenham's population continues to grow, and the three practices' current premises no longer meet modern healthcare standards. This new health centre will mean that we can continue to meet the ever-increasing health and care needs of our patients and provide high quality services for years to come.
"We have put a lot of thought into creating an attractive building and surrounding environment, which will be welcoming to all our patients. We look forward to seeing the work on site progressing over the coming months."
Helen Goodey, director of Primary Care at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "This development will be great for Cheltenham, and will mean that patients can benefit from modern, spacious facilities that support staff to provide high quality care. We are really pleased to see the start of work on site.
"The new premises will be an attractive environment for GPs and other members of the practice team to work in, and for patients to visit. The CCG is also working on a number of other surgery developments and improvements across the county."
The new centre is likely to be named the Edward Wilson Centre, in recognition of the famous Cheltenham-born doctor and Arctic explorer who died with Captain Scott in 1912.
Completion and opening of the building is scheduled for winter 2021.
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