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Thousands of patients are set to benefit from new and improved facilities after an old school building has been transformed in to a purpose built, modern GP practice near Colchester.

The major refurbishment at Wivenhoe surgery in Philip Road will officially open on Monday 23 October.

The site now boasts additional clinical rooms allowing the practice to recruit more clinicians, making services more accessible for patients.

There is more car parking space for patients, additional designated drop off zones and good access for emergency vehicles.

It also offers opportunities for additional local NHS healthcare providers to deliver services there.

Dr Andrew Cope, one of the partners at the practice, said it’s good news for the 8,500 patients currently registered with the practice.  “We are delighted that our fully refurbished premises are complete – it marks a significant milestone for the practice and also for the local people we service.  These premises will help us deliver even higher-quality care and services and because we have more space available to us within the building, we will be able to provide more services from within the practice to our local community.”

Over the past year, staff at the practice have worked closely with property developers Ashley House to ensure the design and development of the building meets the standards required for modern primary care practice.

Zoe Cronin, Practice Manager, said:  “We have worked on achieving new premises for our patients for the last 12 years so it is a tremendous achievement.  We hope our patients will find the experience of accessing services at our new building much easier.”

Assura Senior Development Manager, Andrew Cooper, says: “This move has been a long time coming for Wivenhoe’s GPs and we’re delighted to see them moving into the modern space they’ve been waiting for. This is a challenge facing so many practices around the country and this is a great example of how existing buildings can, with the right support and skills, play an important role in creating better infrastructure for primary care.”).

The opening of the new surgery has followed close working between the practice, Ashley House, Essex County Council, North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England.

Sam Hepplewhite, Chief Officer at the North East Essex CCG, said: “I am delighted with the opening of this new building.  It marks the end of a lot of hard work and very much supports the local system’s plans to provide services in the community, closer to people’s homes.”

Kerry Harding, Head of Estates for NHS England Midlands and East (East) said: “It’s fantastic to see the practice, the NHS and the local authority work together for the benefit of Wivenhoe surgery’s patients.  This new facility will ensure patients have access to high quality primary care services in a modern, purpose-built setting that is fit for the future.”

Staff will move to the new premises during 21 and 22 October with the practice opening its doors for patients from Monday.  They are also planning to hold an open day on Saturday 28 October between 10am and 1pm for local people to look at the new facility.

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