Posted by Daniel Harper at 23/07/2019 14:51:58
Building work to add a multi-million pound extension to a GP practice in Tenterden has now started.
Ivy Court Surgery will be transformed into a three-storey modern building with nine additional clinical rooms.
It means the practice will be able to increase services in the future, such as clinics for people with long-term conditions, rehabilitation and patient education classes, as well as education facilities to attract more doctors to Tenterden.
On Friday (19/7), building work officially began with the roof of the current building being removed.
The GP practice is operating out of nearby East Cross Clinic and portable rooms while the work is carried out. It is expected to be finished during autumn 2020.
Dr Aslan Mirza, a GP at the surgery, said: “This expansion and refurbishment is needed to make sure that our patients can continue to receive excellent care now and in the future.
“GP practices will be expected to provide more services closer to home for their local communities and this improved building means we will have the space to do so.
“While the work is carried out Ivy Court will remain fully functional, and whilst we will be making every effort to minimise inconvenience, there will be inevitable, unplanned disruption.
“We would like to thank our patients for their unwavering support, and would request their continued patience whilst this new state-of-the-art health facility is being developed.”
NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) supported Ivy Court in successfully applying to NHS England for the expansion, which will accommodate a predicted rise of more than 2,000 patients in the next few years.
Caroline Selkirk, CCG managing director, said: “Patients from Tenterden and the surrounding area will soon benefit from a much-improved and expanded GP practice.
“This means the GP practice will have room for an increase in patients, which is expected over the next decade and is something we have been planning for. I am pleased to see building work officially start and look forward to watching the extension take shape.
“Not only will patients have a smart new building, there will also be additional health and educational services available helping us to meet the commitments set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.”