A GP practice in Milton Keynes is celebrating breaking ground as their plans for expansion move a step closer to completion.
Milton Keynes Village Practice has been providing healthcare services to residents living on the eastern flank of Milton Keynes since 1998. It has grown from a single handed practice to a partnership of six GPs and one Nurse Partner plus a number of other healthcare professionals.
Work has now started on construction of a new 3,500 square foot clinical wing, which will create an additional six consulting rooms, a specialist treatment suite and further administrative space. The project will also enlarge the existing waiting area and provide an extra eight parking bays in the car park.
The Practice welcomed the Chair of their Patient Participation Group, NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, Councillor Sam Crooks and a representative from their landlord, Primary Health Properties Plc (PHP), to a ceremony marking the commencement of the project.
Kim Foy-Olowu, Practice Manager, said, “This is the first part of an ambitious plan to dramatically improve the facilities provided at the Practice. This is essential for us and important for patients registered with us. Understandably, while the work is taking place there may be some minor disruption and we want to apologise in advance for this. Our aim is to continue to maintain the provision of a high quality GP service during this time.
“The Practice especially wants to thank the Council and the CCG for their support and guidance in securing the funding that is making this expansion possible.”
Nicola Smith, GP and Chair of NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I am excited that this project has passed this important milestone and I look forward to seeing the extension project take shape in the coming months.
“By improving the facilities and range of services the practice can provide, this development will benefit not only the current patients and staff but also those patients within the surrounding neighbourhoods.”
Luke Bugden, from PHP, said: “We first met with the Practice to discuss these expansion plans several years ago, so we are delighted to see the work start on site which wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and support of everyone involved. The completed building will be amongst the most modern in the area with a range of bespoke facilities that have been included in the specification.”
The new extended building will open to the public from early autumn 2018. The Practice will remain fully open during the building work.