A DOCTORS surgery which has cost £2.5 million has opened.
The chairman of South Derbyshire District Council Ann Hood attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Willington Medical Centre, in Kingfisher Drive.
The eight-year project has proved controversial after the building was originally planned to be built on playing fields.
The 13,000 sq ft building, which includes a GP practice and an independent surgery, has been completed in conjunction with LSP Developments and healthcare investor firm the Assura Group.
Amanda Roddy, development manager for the Assura Group, said: “The official opening of the Willington surgery celebrated the completion of a really valuable project.
“As the demands on the healthcare sector continue to evolve, the development of integrated primary care buildings provide a range of services for patients all under one roof, as well as reducing the strain on local wards.
“We look forward to the long-lasting impact the updated facilities will have.”
Edward Sutton, managing director of LSP Developments, said: “We are delighted to have completed the new surgery for the practice, having worked extensively on the project since 2007.
“Big thanks have to go to South Derbyshire District Council and the local councillors who were all instrumental in bringing the scheme to fruition.
“Special acknowledgement must also be paid to Dr Kyran Farrell for his commitment to delivering such a fantastic facility.”