Patients at Doclands Medical Centre in Preston will be seen in a brand new, purpose-built surgery since it opened on 1 November, known as the Lane Ends Surgery.
The new surgery was officially opened on 31 October by GP Partner Dr Hari Nair; Dr Sumantra Mukerji, Chair of Greater Preston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Denis Gizzi, Chief Officer of Greater Preston CCG and Cllr Trevor Hart, the Mayor of Preston.
The new site is located on Tulketh Brow, just half a mile from the existing site on Blanche Street. It is conveniently located on a bus route with a bus stop located outside the main entrance. There is also an on-site carpark for patients, as well as street parking around the practice. The building is completely accessible for disabled users.
The surgery will provide state-of-the-art facilities with comfortable waiting areas, 13 consultation rooms, a medical library, several conference rooms and suitable technology for the likes of online and video consultations.
A purpose-built minor operations theatre is also on site, which will provide opportunities for usually hospital-based procedures to take place closer to patients homes. The site is large enough to facilitate external healthcare professionals alongside permanent surgery staff.
The existing 7000 patients who are registered to Doclands Medical Centre will be seen in the new Lane Ends Surgery in future. This surgery will also be welcoming brand new patients and is located just a couple of miles from large new housing developments in the Cottam and Lea areas.
Dr Nair said: “We are thrilled that the new surgery is now open. This has been an ambition of ours for a long time, as we had outgrown the building and facilities at Doclands.
“The new building is modern with new technology and equipment available, which means we can offer our patients even more services in primary care rather than people needing to go to hospital.
“It also allows us to take on more patients, which is important given Preston’s growing population, and is easily accessible via public transport.”
Dr Mukerji added: “Primary care is at the heart of the NHS and we are working with GPs across Preston to ensure that practices are fit for the future.
“The new Lane End surgery will be able to support more patients and offer more services closer to people’s homes.
“I wish Dr Nair and the team the very best of luck as this new chapter for their practice starts.”
To find out more about Lane End surgery, visit this link to watch a short video about the new facilities.