Patients' first glimpse of new medical centre
PATIENTS are now benefiting from the first stage of a new £3-million healthcare hub in Boston.
Parkside Surgery and Lincolnshire Co-op's Parkside Pharmacy, both in Tawney Street, are operating from brand new buildings after phase one of the major redevelopment was completed.
The project, which started in March 2012, has involved demolishing the old pharmacy and a former garage on the site and building a large extension on the remaining structures.
Now, local contractors Lindum have started the next stages of the project, which is due to finish in spring 2014.
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The surgery has been renamed Parkside Medical Centre, and extra facilities at the site include six consultation rooms, a minor surgery suite and clinical rooms.
Parkside Medical Centre's practice manager, David Harding said: "We're delighted that phase one of this major redevelopment has been completed.
"Already, we're able to offer our patients a much-improved experience thanks to our new facilities and there's much more to come.
"Once the whole project has finished we'll eventually be able to serve more than 20,000 local people."
The new Parkside Pharmacy is double the size of the previous branch and can be accessed directly from the medical centre reception. There is more seating, two new consultation rooms, a much extended dispensing area and a new lighter and brighter look.
Parkside has been refitted as a 'healthy living pharmacy' which means the emphasis is more on health advice. It provides 15 more services than a standard pharmacy including NHS medicine use reviews, the NHS new medicines service, flu vaccinations, health checks, diabetes screening, malaria prevention, various sexual health services and smoking cessation.
The next phase will be to refit the former doctors' surgery building with six new consultation rooms, bringing the total in the medical centre to 15.
It will also feature two refurbished treatment rooms, a physiotherapy suite, baby changing facilities plus conference, meeting and office space.
The project is a joint venture between Lincolnshire Co-op and Parkside Medical Centre, with the Co-op funding the work.
Lincolnshire Co-op's head of pharmacy, Alastair Farquhar, said: "As a co-op, we share all our profits with our members. Investing in new and improved services is one of the ways we do that so we're delighted to have been involved in this project which not only means people in Boston have access to a better pharmacy, but a new medical centre too.
"We hope that lots of our customers and patients will take advantage of the healthy living services we offer. The pharmacy has two consultation rooms and a semi-private area where people can get confidential advice from one of the team."
An official opening will be held when the work is complete in March 2014 with donations going to local charities.