New medical centre for ‘garden’ surgery

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A DOCTOR’S surgery originally built in the back garden of a GP’s home has been replaced with a new state-of-the-art medical centre.

Patients in Bletchley have been visiting the old, cramped Whaddon Way surgery for decades.

On Thursday, almost two years to the day since plans were given the go ahead, the new Whaddon Medical Centre will open its doors in Tweed Drive.

Performing the opening ceremony will be local athlete Greg Rutherford.

The practice, which has eight doctors and five nurses, can trace its roots back to 1911.

Serving more than 10,600 people, it has been practicing at the Whaddon Way site since the 1950s.

Practice manager Toni Fisher said: “Unfortunately the existing site on Whaddon Way was too small to redevelop, so with the help of the PCT we purchased the site on Tweed Drive.

“Building work started shortly after planning permission was granted and took just over a year to complete.

“Both patients and staff can now enjoy a nice environment to receive their care and work.”

The new medical centre is just a short distance from the old surgery but more than double the size.

It has its own minor operation rooms, patient meeting rooms and a full cardiology suite.

There is patient and staff parking and disabled access throughout.

Said Toni: “It enables us to provide primary care for the 21st century in a purpose built setting.

“We are delighted to be in our new home and we’ve already received excellent feedback from our patients.

“ We always hoped the centre would be a place where people can receive a range of care from GPs, nurses, health visitors and midwives under one roof – it has certainly lived up to our goal for it to define the future of healthcare in Milton Keynes.”

Local patient and member of the practice’s patient participation group, Alan Hastings, said: “The patient group was involved with the development of the new building and one of the members successfully put the case for the patients to the local Planning Committee.

“We are delighted the new Medical Centre is in operation, as it gives much more room and a pleasant environment in which to see the doctors and nurses, and also provides the room to introduce more services for patients.”