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Work starts on new medical practice
A TURF cutting ceremony has marked the start of work on the new Salisbury Medical Practice.
MP John Glen cut the first piece of turf on the former Old Manor Hospital site in Wilton Road, on Thursday.
The Salisbury Medical Practice has been formed from the merging of Grove House and New Street surgeries, and the new £4.1million building, funded by the GPs, will include 25 consulting rooms, five treatment rooms and two operating theatres.
There will also be four consulting rooms for St Ann Street Dental Practice, a home for Tanday’s Pharmacy and a 24-hour standby ambulance facility for Great Western Ambulance Service. Senior GP partner Robert Hewetson said: “The completion of the land acquisition, and the start of building on site, is the culmination of over eight years of hard work and planning. We are delighted to be at this stage when we will soon see our new building becoming a reality.”
The new building is due for completion in autumn next year and aims to provide a hub of medical excellence.
Dr Hewetson said: “The premises that both practices have been operating from have been far from suitable for the delivery of a modern GP service. This is a very welcome development, not just for all the staff, but most importantly for the patients, who will benefit from first-rate facilities enabling the care appropriate to the 21st century.
“Everyone has worked tremendously hard to make this new centre possible.”
Images and floor plans of the new building can be viewed at salisburymedicalpractice.co.uk.