More patients than ever before will be seen at Ipplepen Health Centre after over £300,000 was invested in a major expansion of the premises.
The improvement project, which started early last year, has increased the site from five consulting/treatment rooms to seven, enabling the practice to deliver high-quality services even though its patient list is rapidly growing.
To mark the substantial investment, the practice is inviting people from the surrounding area to attend an open evening.
Dr Sally Roberts, a partner at the practice, said: “Since the building was built just over 20 years ago, the practice has seen a 50 per cent growth in patient list size, and we are now in a better position to handle the expected increase in patients from new residential developments being built nearby.
“The expansion means we now have minor operation facilities, which will enable the GPs to use their surgical skills and reduce patients’ attendances to hospital.”
Ipplepen Health Centre employs 49 staff, including seven GP partners, and is advertising for a GP and nurse practitioner to develop and strengthen the workforce.
The centre received an ‘outstanding’ rating last year from the Care Quality Commission, and has been praised for its high standards and innovative thinking.
Its improvement project has been part-funded by the practice itself, with the other money coming from NHS England via its Primary Care Infrastructure fund.
Dr Roberts added: “We’re really grateful to patients and staff, who’ve been incredibly tolerant about the disruption in recent months. The cooperation from everyone involved is really appreciated.
“We have an open list for new patients and would like to welcome anyone from the community of Ipplepen and the surrounding areas to attend our open evening, where you will be able to meet our staff and have any questions answered.”
The open evening is on Monday 24 April, from 6.30pm, at the Silver Street site.