The new three-storey medical centre on Bexhill Road in St Leonards, which will provide relocated accommodation for the Carisbrooke Surgery and the Silver Springs Medical Practice branch site of the High Glades Medical Centre, is rising fast despite the challenges of coronavirus. 

Locally based contractors, Westridge Construction, “have put site management measures in place to reduce all opportunity for social contact on site” in order  to continue construction, according to a press release issued by the main developers, Assura.

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The project began last summer. The steel frame and concrete slabs are in place, the roof is near completion, and the building is intended to be ready by this autumn. It will provide patients with additional space, facilities and an onsite pharmacy on the ground floor. The new centre will include 26 consulting rooms, six treatment rooms and a training suite. 

The Carisbrooke practice has been operating in recent years from portacabins following a fire at its former premises in 2013.

Ashley Seymour, Senior Development Manager at Assura said: “At a time when so much construction has had to pause, it’s fantastic to see this much-needed facility still progressing.”

Nick MacCarthy, senior partner at Carisbrooke Surgery, said: “The new building is vital for our patients, and we can’t wait to have a permanent home – which will open at a time when the role of primary care and health services in the community has never been more important.”


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