Work underway on new health centre

January 02 2014

PATIENTS of Leap Valley Surgery will finally be able to visit their doctors in a new medical centre later this year.


PATIENTS of Leap Valley Surgery will finally be able to visit their doctors in a new medical centre later this year.

Work began before Christmas on the £3.1million 21st century development in Beaufort Road and is due to be completed by November.

The doctors have been working with the developers, Kitto Construction, for more than 12 years to find a suitable site to replace their cramped surgery in two 1950s semis in Fouracre Road.

The plot of land is large enough for the centre and ample parking, with space left over for nine two-bedroomed flats.

Leap Valley Surgery provides for 10,500 patients in Downend and Emersons Green. It has seven GPs and 24 staff.

Dr Caroline Jones, who was a patient at the present surgery when she was a baby and returned 18 years ago to look after the community, said: “The new surgery is going to be so much better for patients.

“We met with local residents and we have been involved with the plans all the way. It’s been a 12-year process to get to this stage and we are delighted to see building begin.”

Practice manager Helen Holbrook added: “It’s a real morale-booster for the community and we are looking forward to opening the doors on this exciting building.”

The two-storey building will have an L- shaped wing with pharmacy on the ground floor, entrance lobby with patient check-in, information points, adults and children’s waiting areas, reception and toilets.

The ground floor medical suite comprises 10 doctor consulting rooms, two treatment rooms and a minor operations surgery, together with associated utility and storage rooms.

Staircases and a lift provides access to an upper consulting suite along with a meeting and training room, staff rest room and kitchen, offices, community nursing and health visitor team rooms, IT room, stores, toilets and shower room.

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

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

The GP partners will lease the new property over 21 years and funding was agreed with a specialist primary healthcare investment company to own the building.