New medical centre gets the go-ahead as village expands
A NEW modern medical centre is set to be built in Barwell to cope with an expected boom in patients over the next decade.
Councillors backed moves to open the doctor’s surgery on a site off High Street where an unused workshop and store currently sit, after Dr Mark Findlay told them the current medical centre is not fit for purpose and is “depressing to work in”.
The new L-shaped facility will have several consultation rooms, a space for minor procedures and have 52 parking spaces, with three for disabled users, and six cycle racks.
Dr Findlay urged councillors to approve the application, as managers expect the patient list size to grow from 6,400 patients at present to around 11,000 within the next 10 years.
There will be a major rise in demand when a 2,500 home development, called the Barwell Sustainable Urban Extension, is built. This alone will add 6,000 residents to the village.
He also said the current centre does not have enough room for much-needed services, such as physiotherapists and mental health workers.
He said: “For the first time in 15 years, we are within touching distance of getting a modern, new purpose-built, 21st century health facility in Barwell, something for the community to be proud of and something we’ve all fought so hard to achieve. The building will be owned by the partners, who will have dedicated all of their professional life to the area.”
A recent survey found that the existing premises are at full capacity, with insufficient space to “provide the services it should be delivering” for patients and staff.
The new centre will employ 16 full-time and 16 part-time workers.
‘DEPRESSING’ CURRENT SITE SET TO BE REPLACED