Welcome for new Leeds medical centre from councillors

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Councillors have welcomed news that a new Leeds medical centre will be seeing patients by next autumn.

Work is due to start on the building at King Lane, Alwoodley, early in 2015, following years of negotiations.

The new centre will house nearby GP practices Moorcroft Surgery and Nursery Lane Practice and it is hoped they will be ready to see patients there later next year.

Ward councillors in Alwoodley have worked with the NHS and other organisations on the plans for the facility, which will offer a range of services and a pharmacy.

Coun Dan Cohen (Con, Alwoodley) said: “I’m delighted that this project is moving ahead.

“The new centre will include a whole range of treatment and consultation rooms, a pharmacy, as well as a children’s play area. It will provide patients and the wider community with the much improved GP services that local people deserve.”

Coun Neil Buckley (Con, Alwoodley) added: “We have received assurances that there will be no disruption to services for current patients.

“I’m pleased that after all the obstacles and hard work we are finally set to see a new medical centre for the local community in Alwoodley.”

Discussions have been underway for years about creating the new medical centre, which will serve some communities which are among the most disadvantaged in the city.

Last year, politicians and GPs’ leaders urged health bosses to ensure the facility could go ahead, as plans got caught up in NHS reforms which affected who was to sign off on the project.

A GP organisation was concerned the proposed development would be delayed as NHS Leeds disappeared and NHS England took over its work.

The Leeds Local Medical Committee, which represents GPs, wrote to NHS Leeds saying it was “deeply concerned” that the proposed development was being held up.

The final green light has now been given by NHS England.

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