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25 June 2015
Local people who are patients of the Ivel Medical Centre in Biggleswade can look forward to having a modern spacious GP surgery later this year now that work has started at the Acorn Centre, following a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday 25 June.
Finding more spacious premises for the Ivel Medical Centre with ground floor access and room for expansion has been a long standing ambition for the local practice where accommodation has become increasingly cramped as the population of the town has grown.
The new GP premises have come about as a result of a partnership between Ivel Medical Centre and Central Bedfordshire Council who are financing the refurbishment of the Acorn Centre in Chestnut Avenue at a cost of £1.4m.
Biggleswade GP, Dr William Hollington said: “We are delighted that work has started on refitting the Acorn Centre to give local people a facility which is suitable for 21st century primary health care. Our patients, local councillors, Central Bedfordshire Council and NHS England have been very supportive of our plans and we look forward to the new surgery opening at the end of the year"
Members of the patient participation group (PPG) at Ivel Medical Centre have been closely involved in the plans for a new surgery. PPG chairman Richard Philp said: “I have been a patient at Ivel medical Centre for over 30 years and during this time I have seen patient numbers rise and the number of medical staff has doubled.
“Being able to move from the present cramped conditions will allow the practice room to breathe and give staff and patients space they need. Staff will be able to carry on the excellent care they already provide.”
Cllr Maurice Jones, Deputy Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council and Executive Member for Health, said: “I am delighted that work to transform the Acorn Centre is now underway. Projects such as this support the council’s commitment to meet the health and wellbeing needs of our residents and this new facility will provide excellent and accessible healthcare for the growing local population for years to come.”