New Richmond Medical Centre set to open to patients
A new multi-million pound GP surgery in North Hykeham is one step closer to welcoming patients after construction work was completed.
Work on Richmond Medical Centre, which has cost £2.2 million, has now been finished.
NHS Property Services, which owns the new building, has taken control of the state of the art facility from Lindum Group.
Patients at Richmond will be able to access the site from October 16. Appointments will continue at the practice’s present site until then.
It is almost three times the size of the nearby building the practice presently operates from.
Its 10,300 patients will benefit from a midwifery room, larger waiting room, purpose-built consultant areas and improved access for disabled people.
Dianne Taylor, practice manager at Richmond Medical Practice, said: “It’s been great to watch the new facility taking shape.
“We’re very excited about moving in. The project has been a long time coming and will give us the space we need.
“Our current building was designed for 3,500 patients so we have certainly outgrown it.”
Another feature of the two-storey building is that it has photo-voltaic cells on its roof. This will help off-set energy costs.
Sarah-Jane Mills, chief operating officer at NHS Lincolnshire West CCG, said: “We’re very pleased that NHS Property Services has delivered this purpose-built facility.
“It will offer thousands of patients more choice and care closer to home.
“This facility supports our commitment to providing good access to high quality primary care.”
The building has been designed so it can be expanded in the future, if needed.
Paul Jones, principal construction manager at NHS Property Services, which funded the development, said: “It’s fantastic to receive the keys to this superb new facility.
“It is further evidence of our work to ensure the NHS operates from modern, fit-for-purpose buildings.
“I’d like to thank local people for their understanding during the construction phase. We hope they agree it has been worth it.
“We know the new building will make a real difference to local patient care.
“We’d also like to thank our NHS and developer partners for their hard work in creating this excellent facility.”
Richard Shaw, contracts manager at Lindum Group, added: “We’re very proud to have successfully delivered this eagerly anticipated project.
“We are confident it will be a fine addition to healthcare provision in the area.”