Construction of new Station Medical Centre enters final stage
Construction of Hereford’s new Station Medical Centre is entering its final stage, following a short delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Hereford Medical Group will be practicing at the modern surgery once complete, combining the existing Moorfield House, Aylestone Hill, Greyfriars, King Street and Sarum House GP surgeries under one roof.
Services to be housed in the new surgery include diabetes, midwifery and cardiology clinics, family planning, routine GP appointments and GP urgent care clinics.
Building contractor Speller Metcalfe is working in partnership with developer Prime PLC to deliver the purpose-built facility, which will have a significant and positive impact to the delivery of GP services in the community, making them more sustainable and efficient, and improving the patient experience when seeing their local healthcare teams.
Dr Jonathan Duffett, GP Partner at Hereford Medical Group said: “We are really looking forward to moving into the new medical centre later this year. This modern, fit-for-purpose, primary care building will be a huge benefit to Hereford.
“It provides us with an appropriate environment to deliver quality healthcare for decades to come with better facilities, accessibility and the flexibility to change with future needs, with the Centre completing at a time when local access to health services has never been more important.”
Following the COVID-19 shutdown, contractor Speller Metcalfe restarted construction on site at the end of April in line with government guidelines.
Mark Hudgeon, Regional Director at Speller Metcalfe said: “At the start of the pandemic Speller Metcalfe paused operations so that we could implement measures to ensure the safe working of our site team, and consequently the health of their families and the local community.
“As a family business our approach has always been with our people and communities in mind, and we are delighted that the centre is on track to deliver a wide variety of health and care provision for the residents of Hereford.”
The design of the surgery has also evolved to respond to the pandemic, with protective guards to be fitted around the reception desk and surfaces finished in materials designed to withstand hypochlorite cleaning which ensures infection control.
The construction of Station Medical Centre is made possible by a £9m deal with Assura secured by health and care property developer Prime and the NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). On track to be completed in Autumn 2020, the new build modern surgery will provide an innovative change to healthcare in Hereford.