Leap Valley GPs move to modern medical centre

Published on: 26 Nov 2014

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THOUSANDS of patients in Downend and Emersons Green will reap the benefits after swapping a cramped surgery with a new £3.1 million state-of-the-art medical centre.

They have waved goodbye to the two 1950s semis in Fouracre Road which once housed the crowded Leap Valley Surgery.

And have said hello to the spacious, energy-efficient Leap Valley Medical Centre in Beaufort Road.

Bristol company Kitto Construction handed over keys to staff after completing the development on time and within budget.

The new two-storey L-shaped medical centre with ground-floor pharmacy opened on Monday November 24 and will cater for more than 10,000 patients in Downend, Emersons Green and Yate with eight GPs and 24 staff. 

GP partners will lease the new property over 21 years with specialist Primary Healthcare Investment Company PHP taking ownership of the medical centre on completion.

The ground floor medical suite comprises a lobby, patient check-in, waiting areas, 10 doctor consulting rooms, a suite of treatment rooms and minor operations surgery, together with utility and storage areas.  A staircase and lift provides access to an upper consulting suite along with a meeting and training room, staff room, kitchen, offices, community nursing and health visitor team rooms, IT room, stores, toilets and staff shower room. 

The surgery is super-insulated to highest heat-saving standards with gas-fired under-floor heating, comfort cooling to the communications room as well as data, telecom, CCTV security, access controls and patient call system.

There will be on-site parking for 40 cars along with new pedestrian-friendly access and landscaped grounds. 

Practice nurse Sue Hooper, who has worked at the Fouracre Road surgery for 25 years, said: “Leap Valley Medical Centre is a lovely light and airy working environment which will be a more accessible and enjoyable experience for clients. 

“It’s great to have a car park so patients can park easily and safely. This is a long-awaited move which staff looked forward to and enables us to continue giving our patients the same high standard of care in a lovely building.”

Senior partner Dr Caroline Jones, who was a patient at the old surgery when she was a baby and returned 18 years ago to look after the community, added: “The new surgery is so much better for patients and will allow us to introduce new services to improve care.”

General manager Helen Holbrook said: “With new houses in the area we expect our practice to grow.  We have always been confident in our clinicians and staff ability and now that we have a brilliant space to work in we hope to increase services offered to patients.

“There have also been welcome enquiries from complimentary practitioners hoping to use some of our new facilities for the local community.”

Operations manager Sarah Cole added: “The new building gives a great opportunity to re-design processes and systems in a way which works best for our patients and staff.  

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“In designing the layout, we’ve been able to question why we do things in a certain way, and how we could do it better. 

“The move gives us the chance to embrace new technology and will hopefully improve our patient’s experience further.”

Kitto Group’s managing director, Graham Rowe, said: “This is our fifth primary health care facility tailor-made for patients and staff. 

“Kitto project-managed from design to finish, to ensure a first class medical centre and delivering the scheme within budget.”

The site was larger than required and surplus land will be used by Kitto Developments Ltd to develop nine two-bedroom flats.

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