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05 November 2014
On Saturday (1 Nov), over 200 patients and the public took the opportunity to look at architect plans and take in the surroundings for the proposed new Ivel Medical Centre.
Staff from the Ivel Medical Centre and colleagues from Central Bedfordshire Council were on hand to talk about the move to new premises at the Acorn Centre on Chestnut Avenue.
Dr William Hollington, a senior partner and GP at the practice said: “It was great to see so many of our patients on Saturday, and hear how enthusiastic they are about the plans.
“Securing new premises for our GP practice has been an ongoing project for many years, during which time our patients have been very supportive.”
The practice is working in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council to secure the new premises. Work to refurbish the premises will begin early in 2015, with a view to the practice moving in autumn 2015.
Further information on the move and new premises is now on show at the GP practice’s current premises on The Baulk.
Photo attached – left to right - Dr William Hollington and Councillor Maurice Jones, executive member for corporate resources, Central Bedfordshire Council, with the architect’s plans for the surgery at the Acorn Centre.
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Notes to editors
· Ivel Medical Centre is currently based at 35 - 39 The Baulk, Biggleswade.
· Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
· BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.
· In 2014-2015, BCCG has a budget of approximately £440m to spend on healthcare services for Bedfordshire. You can read more about how BCCG is organised in our constitution. It explains how we operate, make decisions and our governance structures and processes. You can also read our corporate plan which sets out our priorities and aims for 2014-15.