The finishing touches are being put in place at Netherfield‘s new state-of-the-art GP surgery before the much-anticipated opening on Monday (June 22).
The new multi-million pound facility will replace the current surgery on Forester Street and will provide greater capacity to meet an increasing demand for services now that several large housing estates are created in the area.
The surgery on Ashwell Street has 17 consultation and treatment rooms and a spacious patient waiting area with interactive digital screens to entertain children.
It also boasts a new health education area with the latest technology which could be used as a space for baby clinics and other group sessions in the future.
The surgery team will be now be busy over the weekend moving furniture, patient records and equipment across from the current surgery in time for Monday’s opening.
Once open, the new medical centre currently looks after 11,700 patients and hopes to welcome many more.
But despite the excitement, patients in the area will sadly have to wait a while longer yet before being able to get a glimpse inside the new building. Covid-19 restrictions mean only patients invited to the surgery following a phone or video consultation will be allowed access until the pandemic is over.
Those who are invited into the centre are being reminded they must wear their own face coverings at all times.
Caitriona Kennedy, GP and senior partner at the Trentside Medical Group, said she was excited to be moving into the ‘stunning’ new building.
She said: “This new surgery shows commitment to the Netherfield community and will bring footfall into the heart of the town.
“The patient experience will be immeasurably improved, and we look forward to serving our existing patients and the new communities developing in Teal Close and other local residential developments.”
It is estimated around 2,000 patients could join the practice from the new Rivendell estate over the coming years.
Dr Kennedy said she is now looking forward to being able to offer more services to patients at the new centre once covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
She said: “We hope to extend our services once the covid situation is under control. We are lucky enough to have some new health education space in the new centre which may host some new ways of working for our multidisciplinary team to work with patients.
“Sadly, the current covid situation means we will have to continue with telephone triage and appointments will remain mainly by telephone, video link and email.
“We hope it will not be long until we are seeing more of our friends face to face.”