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SMMC's January Newsletter
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PRESS RELEASE: South Molton patients to benefit from revamped GP premises
as practice receives a share of NHS England Estate and Technology Transformation Fund.
SOUTH MOLTON patients will benefit from a major NHS funding boost to improve local GP facilities.
South Molton Medical Centre will receive £2.2m from the NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund.
Together with £1.2m of investment from South Molton Medical Centre Partnership, it will fund a large extension and refurbishment of the medical centre in the centre of the town, to continue to provide modern day healthcare to their patients.
The NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund is a national funding programme to support GP practices to make improvements to services for local patients including more modern, expanded facilities and use of new technologies.
Dr Simon Chappell, of South Molton Medical Centre, said: “We are really excited to see the culmination of our bid for NHS funds for improvements start on site.
“Over the next twelve months there is bound to be some disruption for which we apologise, as the builder works around us in phases, but the end result of improved premises for staff and patients will be worth. It will assist us in our mission of delivering the best quality primary healthcare for our patients.”
Laila Pennington, Head of Primary Care for NHS England in the South West, said: “These are really exciting plans that the surgery has developed – they should make a real difference for patients. We’re pleased to be able to add funding to an impressive scheme that will stand the town in good stead for years to come.”
David Wilson Partnership Architects have worked with the Practice on the design of their premises for the past 18 months and director David Wilson said, “We believe that the scheme will transform the Medical Centre into light and airy premises suited for modern primary healthcare.
“We understand that it was important for patients and staff to retain their presence in the heart of the town and are pleased to that the extension and refurbishment retains the facilities on their original site. State of the art facilities and crucially more room will help will help the Medical Centre’s staff in their mission to deliver the best care for their patients. ”
Nigel Whelan, area manager at Morgan Sindall, the construction company appointed to deliver the works, said: “This is a key project which will significantly enhance healthcare services for South Molton residents. We’re delighted to have been appointed to deliver the expansion and refurbishment and look forward to handing over a much improved facility on completion.”
Cervical Cancer Prevention week: 22nd to 28th January 2018
Below is an EasyRead guide for women thinking about having a smear test. It could help stop you getting cervical cancer.
EasyRead guide to smear test
The Surgery will be closed for statutory training on Wednesday 31st January from 1pm
Please phone 111 if you need medical attention that cannot wait until the surgery reopens on Thursday 1st February or visit NHS Choices Self Help Guide or our own Self Help page for further assistance.
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