Construction work on the long awaited new Praze-an-Beeble Medical Centre started this month and a ‘turf cutting’ ceremony took place on 10th August to officially start the development.
The ceremony was attended by representatives from NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and the existing Praze surgery as well as Nigel McArthur, Pre-Construction Manager from Mansell Construction Services Ltd, the company constructing the new medical centre, and Rodger Allin, General Manager Community 1st Cornwall.
The new purpose-built medical centre will provide modern premises for the GP practice, which is currently operating from an old bungalow which offers no potential for future expansion of services, plus the ability to offer a range of community health services.
Antek Lejk, Director of Partnership Commissioning and Interim Director of Primary Care at NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly said: “We are committed to extending our community based health services for people in Cornwall and so we’re delighted that this scheme is going ahead. People in and around Praze-an-Beeble will really benefit from the new, purpose-built medical centre.”
The development of the new facility is being led by NHS Cornwall & Isles of Scilly as a partnership project for the NHS. It is being developed as part of the LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) initiative in Cornwall by LIFT partner Community 1st Cornwall.
Rodger Allin, General Manager Community 1st Cornwall said: “Throughout the development stage of this long awaited facility the local community have been so supportive of the plans. It’s fantastic for them and the GPs and staff at the current surgery to finally see construction work poised to start and these plans turning into reality.”
Dr Richard Bensa of Praze surgery said: “We’ve been waiting for this. It’s great news for our patients who will soon be able to access healthcare services in a modern purpose built building, rather than our existing, cramped surgery.”