A MAJOR milestone in the construction of the new Standish Medical Centre will be reached next week when the final ridge tile is placed on the roof of the new surgery.
The landmark building, due to be completed early next year, is an exciting new project for the GP practice currently based on Church Street and next Wednesday work on the outside of the building will be complete.
The £1.5m healthcare centre will sit across two floors, serving the current 12,000 patients, but once complete the state-of-the-art practice will be able to increase the number of patients it sees.
Dr Hans Van Spelde, general practitioner at the practice, said: “We are delighted to see that after many years of attempting to improve our cramped and outdated premises, all the hard work has paid off.
“Once complete, the new building will allow us to increase the services we offer to our patients.”
Rachel Beverley-Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer at One Medical which has been in charge of the build, said: “I am delighted that we have reached the final stages of this development after working closely with the doctors, the PCT and the council.
“Work can now begin on the inner furnishings of Standish Medical Centre and local residents will soon be able to benefit from a state-of-the-art GP surgery.”
One Medical have worked with Standish Medical Practice as well as Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT and Wigan Council in the development of the scheme.
The finished centre will house a pharmacy as well as the community services previously provided at the now demolished clinic, including podiatry, baby clinics and dietary and counselling sessions.
The doctors are currently practising from cramped and outdated premises and sought One Medical’s expertise to develop a new, state-of-the-art surgery.
The new surgery will sit on a prominent high street location, just a few hundred yards from the existing practice.
One Medical, which provides a one-stop solution to healthcare, began trading in 2004 and is a leading provider of primary care premises and facilities.