A purpose-built medical centre for Hastings and St Leonards has opened its doors to patients.
Housing two GP surgeries and a Paydens pharmacy, the St Leonards Medical Centre will care for up to 20,000 patients and be an important community health hub for the area.
The centre, on Bexhill Road, will house the Carisbrooke Surgery and the High Glades Medical Centre and provides onsite parking for patients’ use.
Over the past months, the developer, Till Asset Management, and construction partner Westridge, have managed to not only continue on site during the pandemic, but have finished the development on time.
The building, funded and acquired by specialist primary care investors, Assura, is over three floors and comprises 20,000 sq ft of purpose-built primary care provision. The entire project has a construction value of over £5.5 million.
Dr Nick MacCarthy, senior partner at Carisbrooke Surgery, said: “There couldn’t be a more needed primary care facility in Hastings right now.
“Over the past few years, we’ve had issues that have caused major problems for our patients including, a fire at our previous premises, operating out of portacabins for the past seven years during which time several other surgeries have closed around us. Now the coronavirus pandemic has created a completely new way of operating. Our entire team is excited and ready to deliver exceptional care in a building that we can guarantee hygiene, safety and a truly first-class environment for all patients.”
Liam MacCarthy, director at Till Asset Management, said: “Seeing this building open to patients is a huge thrill for us. It’s not been easy to deliver such a large-scale project during the last few months, but that makes us even more proud of what we’ve achieved.”
Ashley Seymour, senior development manager at Assura, said: “We are delighted to have helped this important primary care centre come to fruition and really pleased with the team who have managed to deliver it on time despite the pandemic. We are confident that the new facility will transform healthcare provision in this area and have a positive long-term impact on the community.”
The new centre will include 26 consulting rooms, six treatment rooms, a Paydens pharmacy and a training suite with state-of-the-art Skype consulting suites. It will have all the services and amenities people expect of a modern medical centre.