The Five Valleys Medical Centre will open for patients later this month.
Mark Dransfield, of Dransfield Properties Limited, told Stroud Times how two of the town’s established GP practices, Locking Hill Surgery and Stroud Valleys Family Practice will begin the move to the new £6.5 million centre on November 24th and 25th with patients being seen at the new site on December 1st.
The new surgery building in the former Poundland and Woolworths site on King Street will cater for more than 15,000 patients. It will also be home to Stroud Library, currently scheduled to open in the New Year.
Dr Ewart Lewis, GP Partner at Locking Hill Surgery, welcomed the move, he said: “For many years, lack of space has hindered the services we can offer; the new premises will allow us to expand our teams, train more GPs and offer more services to our patients, for example diagnostics, minor surgery, contraception, mental health support, physiotherapy and social prescribing.
“It will also be a much more attractive and modern environment, and the facilities will be designed to support patients with mobility issues, disabilities, memory loss and sensory impairment, whilst also reducing our carbon footprint.”
Dr Anne Hampton, GP Partner at Stroud Valleys Family Practice said: “This development is great news for our patients and staff. The additional consulting and treatment rooms will help us to meet the ever-increasing health and care needs of our patients and enable more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to receive training and educational updates.
“The improved reception and waiting areas will be much more comfortable, with better levels of security and areas for privacy.”
The development is an integral part of the regeneration of the centre of Stroud being delivered by Dransfield Properties. The new location is very accessible and visible, with 360 parking spaces available in the adjacent Five Valleys Shopping Centre, which will be free of charge to anyone who has an appointment at the surgery.