Patient cuts ribbon to open refurbished Weymouth doctors' surgery

Dorset Echo: BE PATIENT: Janet Heald with doctors  Rowan Jones, left, and Wayne Knight BE PATIENT: Janet Heald with doctors Rowan Jones, left, and Wayne Knight

A LOYAL patient helped to mark the re-opening of a Weymouth doctors’ surgery after a major refurbishment.

Janet Heald, one of Dorchester Road Surgery’s longest registered patients, cut a ribbon to celebrate the official opening of the newly refurbished and expanded surgery.

Also present were represent-atives from the Dorset Primary Care Trust (PCT), the surgery’s patient representative group and staff.

The surgery has acquired the building next door to its original home and was awarded £558,000 from the PCT for its imp-rovements.

Overall, around £850,000 was spent on the refurbishment.

The new look general practice now has a lighter look, better parking and access, four new consulting rooms, a district nurse room, a minor operations room and a meeting room. A new lift was also added.

The surgery has also welcomed a new GP partner, Dr Rowan Jones, from Lyme Regis.

Dr Wayne Knight, one of the practice’s partners, said the general practice now looks like a ‘state-of-the-art modern general practice premises ready to provide the highest level of care’.

He added: “The building work had been going on for the best part of a year and was done in phases.”

Dr Knight said the opening ceremony was a chance to thank everyone for their patience while the building work was being done.

He added: “It was very appropriate to have Janet Heald cut the ribbon because she has been with the surgery since the beginning.

“The partners would like to thank many people for their patience and commitment to the project. Our staff and patients had to endure some very tough times while the building evolved around us.

“We’d also like to thank the team at the PCT for believing in us and investing valuable resources in the building.”

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3:15pm Sat 21 Dec 13

annotater says...

Some one been ripped off I think, the PCT and tax payer. £1.4M for what?
Some one been ripped off I think, the PCT and tax payer. £1.4M for what? annotater

7:08pm Sun 22 Dec 13

smilealoft44 says...

Will it be open Saturday and Sundays. Is there any room for new clients as i think there could be a few more people living in this area soon. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Will it be open Saturday and Sundays. Is there any room for new clients as i think there could be a few more people living in this area soon. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. smilealoft44

9:05pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Micke12 says...

annotater wrote:
Some one been ripped off I think, the PCT and tax payer. £1.4M for what?
where do you get £1.4 million figures from. I have read this story 18 times and can confirm that only £850,000 was spent.

By all means, comment on what you read, whether you agree with it or not, but at least comment on the facts and not some figure you plucked out of the air.

In other words, don't be a numpty and get your blasted facts right. It may be Christmas and a time of good will to all men and women, but I have no good will for people who get the facts wrong.

Merry Christmas everyone - take care out there as we are in for some rough and wet weather, so drive carefully and if you have elderly neighbours living near you, please make sure to check that they are ok.

Eat, drink and be merry, but don't go over the top.
[quote][p][bold]annotater[/bold] wrote: Some one been ripped off I think, the PCT and tax payer. £1.4M for what?[/p][/quote]where do you get £1.4 million figures from. I have read this story 18 times and can confirm that only £850,000 was spent. By all means, comment on what you read, whether you agree with it or not, but at least comment on the facts and not some figure you plucked out of the air. In other words, don't be a numpty and get your blasted facts right. It may be Christmas and a time of good will to all men and women, but I have no good will for people who get the facts wrong. Merry Christmas everyone - take care out there as we are in for some rough and wet weather, so drive carefully and if you have elderly neighbours living near you, please make sure to check that they are ok. Eat, drink and be merry, but don't go over the top. Micke12

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