Work is complete on the first stage of a new £3 million ‘healthcare hub’ in Boston, with patients already reaping the benefits.
Parkside Surgery and Lincolnshire Co-op’s Parkside Pharmacy, both in Tawney Street, have moved into an impressive new building – with contractors Lindum aiming to have the next stage of the transformation finished in the spring.
Once complete the centre will be able to serve more than 20,000 patients.
The project, which started in March 2012, has involved demolishing the old pharmacy and a former garage on the site and building a large extension on the remaining structures.
The surgery has been renamed Parkside Medical Centre, reflecting the extra facilities which now include a minor surgery suite and clinical rooms.
Practice manager David Harding said: “Already, we’re able to offer our patients a much-improved experience thanks to our new facilities and there’s much more to come – once the whole project has finished we’ll eventually be able to serve more than 20,000 local people.”
Patients can now access the new Parkside Pharmacy, which is double the size of the previous branch, from the medical centre reception.
Parkside has been refitted as a ‘healthy living pharmacy’ which means the emphasis is more on health advice. It provides 15 more services than a standard pharmacy, including flu vaccinations, health checks, diabetes screening, malaria prevention, various sexual health services and help to stop smoking.
The next phase will be to refit the former doctors’ surgery building with six new consultation rooms, bringing the total in the medical centre to 15. It will also feature two refurbished treatment rooms, a physiotherapy suite, baby changing, plus conference, meeting and office space.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s head of pharmacy Alastair Farquhar said: “We hope that lots of our customers and patients will take advantage of the healthy living services we offer – the pharmacy has two consultation rooms and a semi-private area where people can get confidential advice from one of the team.”
The project has been funded by the Co-op. Both services have remained open throughout.
An official opening will be held when the work is complete in March 2014 with donations going to local charities.