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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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New medical centre opens in north Carlisle

A new medical practice has opened its doors to patients in the north of Carlisle.

Carlisle GP surgery photo
North Carlisle Medical Practice

The long-awaited health centre, which replaces the ageing Stanwix Medical Practice, has been built on the former Belah School site.

The North Carlisle Medical Practice is three times bigger than the former premises on Scotland Road. As well as GP surgeries, it will also house community health services.

After years of planning, building work is finally complete and the practice opened its doors to its first patients on Monday this week.

The new medical centre, developed by the award-winning One Medical Property, will serve more than 7,000 registered patients.

The Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will provide community services. Its staff will be moving in from May, delivering district nursing, mental health services, smoking cessation and various other local clinics.

The building, measuring 1,400 square metres, has been designed by QAD Architects. It features 18 treatment and consulting rooms, with room for additional services. There is also patient parking.

The centre features solar panels and cycle racks, earning it a top rating for sustainability and eco-design.

Anna Sives, practice manager, said: “We have been looking forward to moving in to our beautiful new health centre. The building provides a fantastic opportunity for the practice to develop and offer additional services to patients north of the city.

“It’s an exciting time for both the practice and patients. We are now able to continue delivering the same high quality care but in a modern environment which is fit for purpose. We are developing new ways of delivering GP services which will include Rapid Access Telephone Assessment by GPs. Launching in May, this model will allow all patients to be directed to the right person, for the right treatment at the right time.

“We are also pleased Cumbria Partnership and the practice will be working together to enable more services to be delivered closer to home.”

Rachel Beverley-Stevenson, chief executive of One Medical Group, added: “The practice team have worked hard alongside One Medical Property to ensure the centre is ready to welcome patients.

“The centre will provide integrated, flexible, state-of-the-art medical premises to the local community and will be a huge asset to the area.”

Karen Johl, clinical director of the Cumbria Partnership, added: “We hope the new centre will quickly develop into a very valuable community asset.”

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