A Scunthorpe GP practice has doubled the size of its branch surgery as part of a £1million redevelopment.
Its new facilities include three new consultation rooms, a minor operations unit, waiting room and reception and a service to support opioid-dependent patients.
The extension was funded through investment from the practice’s GP partners and grants from both NHS England and the local authority.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the practice on Wednesday, July 10 at 1.30pm by the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Cllr Jonathan Evison, alongside a patient who has recently celebrated her 100th birthday.
Patients who are addicted to pain-killers are given specific support within the redevelopment, including access to specially-trained counsellors on-site.
Work began at Ancora Medical Practice on Detuyll Street, which is a branch of the practice on Ashby Road in Scunthorpe, on Monday, September 3 2018.
The 10-partner practice cares for more than 20,000 patients across the town and has 13 doctors, six nurses and nine health care assistants, as well as being a training centre for GPs.
Ancora Practice Director, Christine Buckley, said: “Our doctors were so determined to provide better services for their patients that they invested significantly into the project out of their own, personal incomes.
“This commitment, alongside additional funding from NHS England and North Lincolnshire Council meant that we were able to double the size of our surgery.
“We have always been restricted by lack of space. But the new rooms will allow us to hold extra clinics and offer better services to our patients, closer to home.”
Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe, said: “This is excellent news for local people. The new facilities at Ancora Medical Practice in Detuyll Street will make a big difference to patients.”
Dr Faisel Baig, Chair of NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “We are thrilled that this much-anticipated development is now complete. The team at Ancora worked exceptionally hard to secure funding and see the project through to completion and I thank them for their dedication to improving services for their patients.”
Adrian Morley, Contracts Manager for Hobson & Porter, the building contractor for the new Ancora Medical Practice, said: “We’re delighted to have delivered this upgraded facility which will provide huge benefits to both staff and users of the Ancora Medical Practice.
“Hobson & Porter is committed to providing building projects that demonstrate social value and lasting legacy and the new Ancora Medical Practice is a prime example of this. We have an enviable track record of delivering first class healthcare facilities and are proud to add this latest GP surgery to our portfolio.”
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