A ceremony has been held to mark a milestone in the construction of a £7 million health centre in Peterborough that will serve 25,000 patients.
A topping out ceremony was held at the new medical centre in Craig Street, which will bring together the existing GP surgeries of North Street and The Surgery 63 Lincoln Road.
It promises to provide the infrastructure we need to deliver 21st century healthcare.Dr Peter Hadfield
The three-storey GPs’ surgery has been built by Derbyshire firm Wildgoose Construction for GPI - one of the UK’s largest investors in primary care.
The centre will serve more than 25,000 patients and will be home to two surgeries that have already merged to form Boroughbury Medical Centre.
A range of services will be on offer at the new state-of-the-art primary care resource centre including a pharmacy, district nursing, community and therapy and physiotherapy as well as GP core services.
The new centre is set to open its doors to patients later this year.
Dr Peter Hadfield, from North Street surgery, said: “We are getting very excited to see our new surgery taking shape.
“It promises to provide the infrastucture we need to deliver 21st century healthcare to our patients.
“GPI has been very supportive throughout.”
Regional director David Sadler, who is leading the project for GPI, said: “GPI are delighted with the progress to date and it’s good to see the building finally taking shape.
“We’re also pleased to be able to invite the practice staff to this topping out ceremony in order that they can share in the achievement so far.
“We’re positive that the practice and the patients will be delighted with the end result on completion.”
Tim Walker, managing director of Wildgoose Construction, said: “This medical centre will provide start-of-the-art facilities for the people of Peterborough.
“We have completed the centre to the highest specification and quality standards, meeting the clients and architects’ brief.
“They designed a modern building, sympathetic to the needs of the client and local area.”
It is planned that at least 15 GPs will work from the new surgery and there will be at least 15 nurses.
The number of administrative staff at the new surgery is likely to total 40.
The centre will also be a training hub for doctors.