The keys have now been handed over to a multi-million pound healthcare facility for Retford, following 24 months of construction work. The state-of-the-art primary care centre, on the site of the Retford Community Hospital on North Road, has been developed by North Nottinghamshire Local Improvement Finance Trust Company (LIFTCo) for Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust (PCT) under a 25-year public private partnership agreement.
The new Retford Primary Care Centre is due to open to the public early in the New Year and will serve approximately 24,200 patients from the town and surrounding area. The two-storey 5,241m2 building will house three GP practices (Bridgate Surgery, Tall Trees Surgery and Crown House Surgery) and a range of primary health care services, all under one roof. It is connected to the hospital next door by a number of interlinking corridors.
Alongside the GPs based there, the new centre will supplement the adjoining hospital by providing purpose-built rehabilitation facilities including a physiotherapy department. Community health services relocating into the new building from elsewhere in the surrounding area include health promotion, health education and child therapy teams, along with new consulting and treatment rooms and a minor surgery suite.
A new pharmacy will also be housed in the new facility.
Lee Clayton, chief executive of North Nottinghamshire LIFT Company says: "Retford Primary Care Centre is the seventh and largest new medical centre
North Nottinghamshire LIFT Company has developed and will maintain, and completes our first phase of healthcare developments across North Nottinghamshire that has cost £34m to build. We're proud to be investing in not just bricks and mortar but also in the health of local people for generations to come."
"We're working with the local primary care trusts and other partners to identify further suitable developments, as part of our ongoing partnership."
Dr Philip Foster, a GP with Crown House Surgery who is moving into the new development, adds: "This is a timely milestone at a time when primary care is rapidly developing. Local GPs have been closely involved in the development of Retford Primary Care Centre and we very much look forward to providing a wider range of services here."
Louise Newcombe, chief executive of Bassetlaw PCT comments: "This is the second new primary health care centre to be built in Bassetlaw. It is the greatest level of investment to have ever taken place in primary care in North Nottinghamshire. The centre will provide excellent facilities for patients and staff will have an environment they are proud to work in. I would like to thank all the people who have been involved in the planning and building of this exciting new development."