Doncaster’s new Flying Scotsman health centre got off to a flying start yesterday with patitents giving it the thumbs up.
With fantastic views over the town centre, the £8 million landmark building on Trafford Way and St Sepulchre Gate West opened its doors for the first time at 8am and received a steady stream of patients and visitors.
Most were using the 8am to 8pm GP walk-in service on the first floor, which has transferred from South Parade.
Ashley Marshall, who lives in Hexthorpe, said: “It’s a really nice building. I’ve just been to collect a prescription but I’ll be using it all the time now because I’m an 8 to 8 patient. It’s a good location for me.”
Another user, Mike Smith, also admired the appearance and liked the convenience of the Flying Scotsman.
The centre was named after the 1920s steam locomotive that was built in Doncaster.
Pamela Crich, aged 54, from Balby, won a £50 prize for thinking of the name. She was inspired by her husband who used to work at Doncaster Plant works.
Flying Scotsman will also house the patients’ advice service, Community Dental Services and out-of-hours dentistry, and a minor surgery suite. The building is ‘green’ in more ways than one - apart from its external appearance it has solar panels on the roof and high specification insulation.