WORK has started on an £18m health centre in Morpeth being built to house two doctors’ surgeries.
The centre, on the site of the old Mount care home at Haggs Field, will offer physiotherapy and outpatient appointments and x-rays and ultrasound scans, as well as GP and primary care health services.
It will be home to two of the town’s medical practices – Greystroke and Gas House Lane – and will cater for up to 14,000 patients registered at both practices.
Dr Richard Glennie, of Greystoke Surgery in King’s Avenue, said: “Everyone here is very pleased at the prospect of moving to a new purpose-built health centre.
“We will be working closely with our NHS colleagues and our patients to make sure we have a smooth move across to the new building.”
Dr Fred O’Neill, of the Gas House Lane practice currently based on the Morpeth Cottage Hospital site, added: “Everyone in the practice team has worked very hard to bring this plan to a reality, especially since we were so badly affected during the floods.
“We would like to thank our patients for their understanding over the past three years while we have been in temporary accommodation and to ask them for their continued patience during the move to the new premises.”
Fred Smith, project manager at construction company Laing O’Rourke, said: “We’re delighted to be working with NHS North of Tyne to deliver this much-needed, state-of-the-art health centre for the people of Morpeth.
“This new facility will be a considerable improvement on the previous, flood-damaged centre, making a huge difference to the quality of services available and subsequently to the lives of the local community.”
It is expected that the new centre will open next year.