A PROPOSED opening date has been announced for a new doctors’ surgery in South Derbyshire.
Work at the new Willington Surgery, in Kingfisher Drive, is set to be completed by the end of October before opening in the first week of November.
It has been revealed that the whole project has cost £2 million and has taken more than eight years to come to fruition.
A spokesman for the surgery said: “The new site will be three times as large as the present one in the village.
“It has cost £2 million pounds, so you can be sure we have not built it on land that will flood and the road has been raised.
“We have strived to make the building as light, airy and pleasant as possible but there had to be compromises along the way.
“You will recall that we have been trying to move premises for the last eight year and in that time the NHS has changed enormously.
“When we move, we will simply be transferring our existing services but we are also in active discussions to make sure that the building is fulled used by health-related services.
“The plan is that, as the practice grows over the next 20 years, it will increasingly occupy the available space.”
There will also be a pharmacy on site and will open from 8am to 6.30pm.
A spokesman for the surgery added: “We have had to take on the lease fro the next 20 years - even with the Government support this represents a considerable commitment.
“As with many businesses, the days of owners constructing their own premises are over, and we felt this was the best way to offer first class premises for patients and to attract future doctors, nurses and staff.
“If people feel that anything about the building could have been done better, just pause for a moment and consider that every detail was looked into and agonised over.”
Plans for the new surgery caused controversy with residents after originally health bosses looked to build the new building on playing fields.
However, campaigners forced them to alter plans to the new location.