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New doctors' surgery 'vital' for Wiveliscombe, says MP
Mr Browne - who has been campaigning for a larger base for a number of years - was given a tour of the new £2million site, which is due to open in mid-November.
He said: “I have been campaigning for a new building so I am delighted that the new surgery will be opening before Christmas.
“It is a far superior building with twice the floor space and modern facilities for patients.
“I hope the existing Lister House surgery can be put to good use either for a local business or residential accommodation.”
The state-of-the-art surgery will give doctors two-and-a-half times more room than the existing practice, saving staff from 'hot-desking' while coping with patient demand.
In the current Bollams Mead premises some staff work out of cupboards and the tea room has been converted into a back office.
Bosses say they're not sure what the building will become when they move to the new facility on Croft Way.
Practice manager Emma Spiller said: “We are very much part of the community here.
“I'm hopeful that we will see some development in terms of what will happen with the current building.”
“Generally patients are getting excited now because they can see the new site taking shape.”
The move has been in the pipeline for years - in 2005, the County Gazette reported how the existing surgery was 'bursting at the seams' and could not cope with the high demand of patients after the introduction of the GP contract.
The Lister House Surgery then missed out on a share of £1billion promised by the Government to expand and improve surgery premises nationwide.
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