The gloves were off as boxing champion Jack Arnfield opened the £1million extension at a Wyre doctors’ surgery.

Jack, the WBA International Middleweight Champion who retained his title in March when he beat Brian Rose at Manchester Arena, cut the ribbon on the extension at Over Wyre Medical Centre in Wilkinson Way, Preesall.

The boxer, who trains in Hambleton and is a patient at the surgery, was joined by practice staff and doctors as well as another local patient, Josh Landmann, who recently defied the odds by completing the gruelling Tough Mudder challenge with his dad despite being partially paralysed and confined to a wheelchair.

Josh, who broke his neck three years ago, has been honoured by practice bosses who have renamed their boardroom the ‘Landmann Suite’.

Jack, 28, said: “The medical centre is an important part of the community and they treat me really well. I am here regularly with small injuries and niggles and they help me out massively.

“I haven’t been in for about six or seven months and it has changed a heck of a lot. It is unbelievable compared to what they had a couple of years ago.

“I feel pretty honoured to have been invited down to cut the ribbon. I never expected to be opening anything like this. I have done well with my boxing and to get a bit of recognition from my local medical centre is absolutely fantastic.”

Josh, who attended the ceremony with his dad, Neil, said: “I have been a patient at the Medical Centre for as long as I can remember now so it is nice to have a suite named after myself. It is a great honour.

“The doctors here have been very supportive since my injury and if I ever need anything I just give them a call and they get me in as soon as they can.

“To unveil my plaque was quite surreal. When I did Tough Mudder I never expected anything like this to come of it, so when I received the phone call to say they were naming the boardroom after me it was really nice.”

The work – which includes new consulting rooms, a library and meeting room – began almost 12 months ago when former Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney helped practice bosses ‘turn the first sod’. The dispensary has been extended and improvements made to other clinical support rooms and offices.

Dr Tom Marland, GP partner at Over Wyre Medical Centre and a Governing Body clinical lead for NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We have worked closely with our patients to develop this extension which will provide a real benefit to the community.

“We are delighted to unveil the extension to the public and proud to be able to open what we hope will become a real community asset.”



Notes:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
  • For more information about the CCG and how to get involved visit fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk