New super surgery opens its doors in Hereford
Last week the new £9m Station Medical Centre, home of Hereford Medical Group, opened its doors.
The new building at Station Approach has 30,677 sq ft of floor space over three floors, including 49 clinical rooms, and will house five city GP surgeries.
Aylestone Hill Surgery and King Street Surgery closed at the end of August 2020 and Greyfriars Surgery, Moorfield House Surgery and Sarum House Surgery will all close by the 9th November 2020.
Bobblestock Surgery, Credenhill Surgery, Quay House Medical Centre and South Wye Medical Centre will all remain open and work alongside Station Medical Centre.
Station Medical Centre represents the biggest ever single investment in primary care for Herefordshire.
Mr. Ceri Chaplin, business manager, Hereford Medical Group, said: “When we merged just over two years ago the next target was always going to be the development of a new surgery building to replace five of our older premises.
“Despite a global pandemic we are excited to be moving into Station Medical Centre. We have been fortunate in working with a local developer Prime and building contractor Speller Metcalfe to deliver a fantastic new premises which will provide 21st Century facilities for our staff and patients.”
The building has been designed to allow the development of services with a physiotherapy activity room, minor operations suite and purpose built administration and education areas along with staff relaxation areas.
Dr. Jonathan Duffett, GP partner and chair of Hereford Medical Group, said: “This amazing facility is the result of many years of detailed planning, collaboration and hard work by many people. The result is a building fit to provide care for decades to come. We are immensely grateful to all who contributed, including the patience and understanding of our patient population.”
Richard Laing, chairman, Prime: “It is great to see this fabulous new investment in the City’s healthcare infrastructure, which I am sure will support the very best in joined-up health and care services for the locality. The pandemic has no doubt fast forwarded the future of Primary Care and Station Medical Centre is a physical manifestation of what we should be delivering to meet our community’s needs.”
The design of the surgery has evolved to respond to the pandemic, with protective guards fitted around the reception desk and surfaces finished in materials designed to withstand hypochlorite cleaning to ensure infection control.
Mark Hudgeon, regional director at Speller Metcalfe, said: “To see the completion of Station Medical Centre is fantastic – particularly as we move into winter where healthcare services will be of the utmost importance for many residents.
“Speller Metcalfe is very proud to have delivered such a flagship healthcare centre for Hereford, particularly as being a local contractor we personally know many residents, including our own staff, who will benefit from the much improved services.”