A NEW multi-million pound doctors’ surgery has opened its doors to patients in a Sheffield suburb.
The Darnall Primary Care Centre was built following a £4 million investment from NHS Sheffield, and has taken around a year to complete.
The move means the surgery has doubled its number of consulting rooms to 18, as well as offering facilities for GPs, nurses and healthcare assistants.
A new suite for minor surgical procedures has been provided, along with two teaching rooms for trainee doctors.
Previously the Darnall surgery was split over two sites.
The centre serves 7,500 people, 60 per cent of whom are from black minority ethnic backgrounds.
Kevan Taylor, chief executive of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust which runs the surgery, said: “We’re thrilled to be part of this exciting new development in Darnall. It has been eagerly awaited and means we can continue to transform and develop the way we serve our diverse community.
“The building and facilities are custom-built and we have streamlined many systems like the booking-in process by introducing a new electronic self-booking-in system in reception, so people do not have to queue anymore.”
Also located in the primary care centre are district nurses, health visitors, the physical disabilities therapy team, podiatry services and a pharmacy.
Several community groups will soon be running activities inside the building.
A GP drop-in service is operated from 8am to 10am every morning, and poorly patients can request to speak to clinicians over the phone.
Two new healthcare assistants have also joined the 34-strong medical team, and additional clinical staff are being recruited.
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