Medical centre opens

PUBLISHED: 07:09 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:52 31 May 2010

Dr Fiona Godlee of the British Medical Journal (left), Dr Ian Burns GP, practice manager Pauline Betts and Dr Steve Tavare – Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Dr Fiona Godlee of the British Medical Journal (left), Dr Ian Burns GP, practice manager Pauline Betts and Dr Steve Tavare - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

A NEW £5million state-of-the-art Medical Centre in London Road, Sawston was opened by the editor of the British Medical Journal on Wednesday last week. Dr Fiona Godlee was there to open the doors of the new facility which contains the latest sustainable a

A NEW £5million state-of-the-art Medical Centre in London Road, Sawston was opened by the editor of the British Medical Journal on Wednesday last week.

Dr Fiona Godlee was there to open the doors of the new facility which contains the latest sustainable and energy-efficient technologies, including solar panels to heat water, geothermal central heating and toilets which flush with stored rainwater.

The centre, which has been funded by the Department of Health as part of a government initiative to open 500 such centres across the country, is the culmination of four year's hard work between the centre's staff, South Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust and developer Primary Asset.

The PCT's head of infrastructure, Ian Burns, said the new centre would provide essential services to the community.

He said: "The opening of this facility is very much in line with the PCT's strategy for providing a wider range of health care services in the community closer to people's homes, rather than in a hospital setting.

"New benefits include a larger dispensary, a fully equipped minor operations room and a nurse treatment suite, as well as chiropody, physiotherapy, audiology and health education facilities.

"The surgery will also incorporate a paramedic unit."

Dr Steve Tavare, a GP at the centre, said: "It is a truly remarkable building. Patients have been delighted by the originality of the design and the high quality of its construction.

"It will be a privilege to work in a state-of-the-art medical centre that allows us to provide the full range of community health services to our patients."

Primary Asset's director of new business development Richard Black said: "We are delighted with all aspects of this new medical centre.

"We have worked very closely with the doctors and the PCT to produce what we believe is a flagship centre for the people of Sawston and the surrounding area."

There are parking spaces for 90 cars and access has been made easier for those in wheelchairs or with pushchairs. The waiting room now has a play area for children and baby changing facilities.

South Cambridgeshire PCT, which came into existence in April 2002 along with Cambridge City PCT, covers a registered population of 104,000 people and manages budgets of £112 million.

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