A new £3 million healthcare hub, which will eventually be able to serve more than 20,000 people, has been officially opened in Boston.
The extended and re-vamped Parkside Medical Centre, in Tawney Street, was formally unveiled by parliamentary under secretary of state for health Dr Dan Poulter MP and Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds on Thursday.
Work on the building, which combines a large GP and Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacy, began in March 2012. The project is a joint venture between Lincolnshire Co-op and Parkside Medical Centre, with the Co-op funding the work.
Among the new facilities created are: six new GP consultation rooms (bringing the total to 15), one new and two refurbished treatment rooms, a physiotherapy suite, baby-changing facilities plus conference, meeting and office space. There is also vacant space within the building to allow for further growth.
The pharmacy, meanwhile, is now twice the size of what is was and can now also be accessed from the medical centre’s reception.
Practice manager David Harding said: “This investment secures services for people in Boston in the future too – we will eventually be able to serve more than 20,000 local residents.”
Chief executive of Lincolnshire Co-op Ursula Lidbetter said: “As a local co-operative business, we’ve listened to the community we serve and made sure we’re providing the facilities our members want and need.”