A MULTI-million pound health project has reached a milestone.
The new Standish Medical Centre will not be completed until early in 2012, but work on the exterior of the landmark building has come to an end and was marked by a special ‘topping out’ ceremony.
The building is a new project for the GP practice currently based on Church Street and from today contractors will move inside where work will continue.
The £1.5m healthcare centre will sit across two floors and will serve the current 12,000 patients, but once complete the state-of-the-art practice, being built by One Medical, will be able to increase the number of patients it sees.
A number of local councillors went along to see how the project was progressing and many of the doctors from the existing site were also there as well as One Medical’s Chairman Mike Beverley and Chief Executive Officer Rachel Beverley-Stevenson.
Mrs Beverley-Stevenson, 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 and local residents will soon be able to benefit from a state-of-the-art GP surgery.”
Dr Hans Van Spelde, general practitioner, said: “We are delighted to see that after many years of attempting to improve our cramped and outdated premises, all the hard work has paid off.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.”
The finished centre will house a pharmacy as well as the community services previously provided at the now demolished clinic.