Lady Bay - West Bridgford



New medical centre in progress

Update from the joint Patient Participation Groups

Anyone travelling down Wilford Lane cannot fail to see the suprastructure of the new surgery to accommodate Castle Healthcare Practice (Compton Acres, Southview, Trent Bridge and Ludlow Hill Practices) and Musters Medical Practice. We have been so long in the planning phases it is really exciting to see this purpose built medical facility taking shape within the West Bridgford community. Over the next few weeks the roof and exterior of the building will be completed alongside the ongoing groundworks. The new entrance way construction is now complete too.

Looking from Wilford Lane, the main entrance will sit between the two projecting wings on the first floor with the car park extending under the building as well as on both sides. Clinical rooms will be available on both floors with a lift and stairs serving both floors. The rear of the building will overlook the nature site sitting between Greythorne Dyke and the River Trent.

The practices have been working with the planners, highways department and local transport services to address how patients can easily reach the new surgery. The practices and NHS Local Area Team have contributed funds to extend the local link bus route.This bus will regularly serve all areas of West Bridgford and Compton Acres passing down Wilford Lane immediately in front of our entrance. This is an electric bus and it will therefore minimise the environmental impact on our surrounding area.

Like any building project there is much happening that, whilst not visible, is just as important as the building itself. Moving the four ‘Castle’ practices into one new effective surgery team requires a lot of planning and all the doctors are working on various aspects of general practice, to ensure that services are continued but also enhanced and developed to enable us to deliver medical care in the community wherever possible. The ongoing work includes everything from new telephone systems to working out how to give several thousand flu vaccinations soon after the new building opens in autumn 2014! As patients, you will be able to see all of your current doctors, nurses and administrative staff within the new building. The surrounding building will be modern and up to date to enable us to deliver exceptional patient care, however the faces will remain the same. Patients will still be able to see the doctor of their choice; we are very aware of the benefits of giving continuation of care to patients and wish to see this continue. Patients of Musters Medical Practice will also benefit from this same continuity of the care they currently receive from their usual doctor/nurse.

We are keen to have active participation from patients and there have been regular meetings with all the Patient Participation Groups (PPG) starting several years ago. Feeding information into the PPG’s is the best way for patients to raise ideas or concerns that can be discussed with the medical teams The PPG’s have been regularly kept up to date with the progress of the building and have their own role in dissemination information back to the practices.

Within the new surgery there will be opportunities for other services on site. The new pharmacy, My Local Chemist, has been operating from the portacabin immediately in front of the new surgery and will move to their new accommodation when we open. There is a pharmacist there during their extended opening hours (Monday-Sunday 100 hours a week).

We are also planning to have a physiotherapy unit on the site as well as providing space for other services coming out of the hospital. This will make it easier for patients to access some aspects of specialist care and save trips to the hospital.

Look out for future bulletins which will be published regularly to keep you informed of progress to our opening date in Summer 2014!

Produced by the joint Patient Participation Groups from Musters Medical Practice, Ludlow Hill, Compton Acres, South View and Trent Bridge