New surgery open for business from Monday

DOCTORS in Terrington St John are due to move into the village’s purpose-built surgery building this weekend (August 12 to 14).

Patients will be able to see their GPs or practice nurses within the building from 8am on Monday, August 15.

It follows many months of planning and partnership working between the GP practice, NHS Norfolk and the owners of the building.

Essential building works have been carried out to ensure the former St John’s Surgery building meets new infection control and privacy and dignity standards which are being introduced by the Care Quality Commission in 2012/13.

New sinks, floors and other fittings have been installed along with a reception desk. A clinical deep clean is due to take place to ensure the surgery is ready for patients on schedule.

The Terrington St John practice has been located in temporary units on Church Road in Terrington St John since November 2010. This site will be closed all day on Friday August 12 to enable the practice to start the move.

Urgent patient appointments will still be carried out at the branch surgery in Terrington St Clement. Patients requiring treatment that is not urgent or an emergency are asked to book appointments for Monday onwards.

Director of First Health, Neil Wilson, said: “We believe this is a very good move for our patients. Moving our surgery out of portable accommodation in the centre of the village to the former St John’s surgery building has taken careful planning to ensure continuity of service.

“We are delighted that the surgery will now be based in this purpose-built building and look forward to providing the best possible services to our patients.”

The purpose-built surgery offers the facilities to bring services into the community that patients currently have to travel to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn to access.

The first new service planned is anti-coagulation blood testing which should commence in September.

Mr Wilson said: “We are looking to provide services to save patients and the people who have to take them the time and cost of travelling to hospital.”

Nikki Cocks, NHS Norfolk’s Director of Primary Care, said: “We are delighted that the village surgery is coming back into use for patients in the surrounding areas and we very much hope it finds favour with patients.”

The former GP Practice which occupied the surgery was dissolved last year, however a Trust fund has been set up for money donated by patients whilst GP services were provided by the former Practice.