New health centre is set to open before Christmas

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 October 2011

This is what the new health centre will look like

This is what the new health centre will look like

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THIS is what a new 8,000-patient health centre will look like when it opens on the outskirts of Weston this December.

The facility in Pastures Avenue, St Georges, will accommodate four new GP consulting rooms, a number of treatment areas and a new GP training facility at the two-floor building.

The centre, set to replace the temporary surgery serving the village and surrounding areas in the same road, will also house the administration functions of Worle Health Centre.

The current St Georges surgery has 1,200 patients, but the plan is for the new facility to be able to treat up to 8,000 comfortably, or possibly as many as 10,000.

It will help cater for an influx of people anticipated at the new housing set to be built on the outskirts of town over the next few years.

The building is owned by a company called GPI Investments, which has leased it to the PCT, which sub-let it to Malling Health Care.

Practice manager Steve Edwards said: “This will be an innovative centre, which will help facilitate the growth in the town.

“With the new buildings going up in West Wick, North Worle and St Georges this new, modern health centre is needed.”

Work started on the new facility last spring after ADG Architects put together the designs pictured.

The health centre plans to hold clinics for chronic diseases such as diabetes and carry out minor surgical procedures.

The target date for opening is December 19, but patients should expect to be able to book appointments by early in the New Year.

The health centre will open extended hours to cater for most people in the area.

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