VIDEO: Opening date set for new surgery

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A brand new surgery is on course to open next month after spending more than four years on the drawing board.

Now named as Crown Medical Centre, on Crown Farm Way, work is nearing completion and it will officially open on Monday, September 21.

Crown Medical Centre is due to open in September, pictured are practice manager Matt Doig, receptionist Rachael Jackson, lead prescription clerk Gill Jones and Phlebotomist Alice Guttridge

Crown Medical Centre is due to open in September, pictured are practice manager Matt Doig, receptionist Rachael Jackson, lead prescription clerk Gill Jones and Phlebotomist Alice Guttridge

The multi-million pound facility will replace the existing Clipstone Health Centre on First Avenue which the GP partners say is no longer adequate for the continuing influx of patients.

Practice manager Matt Doig said: “We’re delighted to have the end in sight after more than four years working on this project.

“With less than two months to go we’re busy finalising our preparations for the move.

“We’re really impressed by the hard work and attention to detail that have gone into the building. Our patient list is growing steadily.

“The additional space will enable us to welcome many more patients as well as providing more services for Clipstone and Forest Town.

“We’re already taking bookings from people keen to use our new facilities - people will soon see for themselves what a modern GP practice premises can be.”

When the plans were first mooted most patients gave their backing, however there was concern from some in Clipstone that the surgery was being moved out of the village centre.

The practice maintained that the growing list of registered patients were from outside Clipstone, with many from Forest Town and Mansfield.

Having also looked at expanding the current surgery, they found it was not possible to build extensions on the already-cramped site.

There were also no suitable sites in the heart of the village to relocate.

Funded through a third party, the new surgery will be two-and-a-half times the size of the practice on First Avenue, and will be able to cater for thousands more on top of the 9,500 patients already listed.

There will be space for up to 94 vehicles, and a pelican crossing will be installed on Clipstone Road West for those arriving on foot or by bus, with local services running every 15 minutes.

Patients are being reminded that the old surgery will close on September 18.