27 Apr 2018

GPs, practice staff, patients, CCG, Emersons Group and NHS Property Services attended the site yesterday to mark the occasion. The first spades in the ground were performed by Mike Greenacre, chair of the practice’s patient group and Willow Chappell, daughter of Dr Chappell, one of the GPs.

The build brings an opportunity to extend clinical services with additional clinical and administration space. The new surgery is to replace the existing surgery in Eccleston which has been in temporary accommodation since 2006. This will provide a sustainable building which will meet the needs of Eccleston residents and help to deliver more equitable primary care in an area of new housing developments.

Among those attending the turf cutting ceremony was Neil Mercer, Senior Property Manager at NHS Property Services, which will hold the head lease on the surgery on behalf of the NHS.

Neil said: “This is a key milestone in the development of this new facility and we’re very pleased to be involved. Agreeing a lease gives the developer the assurance they need while providing security of tenure to the practice when they move in.”

Dr Cox said, “The new surgery building will allow local patients to receive the care they need in a state of the art facility, delivered by the existing dedicated Eccleston Medical Centre team.  We would like to thank all who have supported us in making this project a reality.’

It’s hoped the centre will open its doors to patients March 2019.