29 September 2011,

Doncaster Community Solutions - The Stone Castle Centre Official Opening

DONCASTER'S newest 'super surgery' opened on Tuesday (27th Sept) by the chairmen of two of the organisations that played a key part in bringing it off the drawing board.

Conisbrough's The Stone Castle Centre is the eighth new health centre to be built in the last five years though an NHS initiative that has brought together public and private sector organisations to create modern new family doctor premises in the Doncaster area, with many housing local authority services under the same roof.

Roger Greenwood, Chairman of NHS Doncaster - the borough's primary care trust - and David Liggins, Chairman of Doncaster Community Solutions, the private sector company responsible for designing, building and maintaining the building for the next 25 years will tomorrow unveil a plaque to declare it officially open.

Mr Greenwood said: "The Stone Castle Centre is the modern face of the NHS in Conisbrough. We made a pledge to local people that we would replace the old health centre, which had served them well, with a modern building designed to provide 21st century health care and here it is. It is a superb building that will be at the heart of the village for many years to come."

Built by construction giant Morgan Sindall, the £7 million, two-storey building, on Gardens Lane, opened for business on time and on budget in July this year and is now home to the village's two family doctor practices, Conisbrough Medical Practice and Conisbrough Group Practice, plus numerous other health professionals.

Built on the site of the former Conisbrough Health Centre, it is much bigger with family doctors now having much more space to see and treat patients. Consulting rooms at the former health centre were too small for modern care, a point taken on board by The Stone Castle Centre's architect, who ensured the 26 reatment/consulting rooms were around two-thirds bigger than those at its predecessor.

Local involvement and consultation has been a key feature throughout the development and construction of the building. It was named by local resident Leanne Thomas, who won a competition organised by NHS Doncaster. Leanne took her inspiration from the fact that many of the area's buildings are made from stone - including the Castle - a prominent feature that has been reflected in The Stone Castle Centre's design.

Pupils from Class 6 at Morley Place Junior School filled a time capsule which was then buried close to the entrance of the building. And the internal walls are decorated with artwork produced by pupils from Rowena Nursery, Morley Place Junior School and De Warrene Academy. Members of Conisbrough Ivanhoe Art Group have also supplied paintings which will shortly go on permanent display.

For further information please contact Doncaster Community Solutions