Patients have given a big thumbs-up to the new home of their GP practice.

Lockwood Avenue Surgery in Poulton-le-Fylde has opened for the first time at Wyre Civic Centre, following an £800,000 refurbishment of part of the local council’s main office building.

The move follows years of hard work to relocate the practice from its dated former premises just a hundred or so yards up the road.

And some of the first patients to come through the doors of the practice said they were very impressed with the new surroundings.

Tony Roache said: “It is very impressive and a lot better than what we were used to. I got a very friendly welcome when I came through the door as well.”

“It looks great,” said Sheena Exton. “There is a lot of car parking as well which is good as you could not park where it was before.”

And Rod Higton said: “There is a lot more room and it is very nice and bright. The old building was very old and the rooms were small so this is much better.”

Lockwood’s two full-time GPs, three practice nurses and other staff have now completed the move to the historic Breck Road building, following a busy weekend of relocating all their equipment from Lockwood Avenue.

The new practice space boasts a large 40-person waiting area, children’s play area, four consultation rooms, two treatment rooms and a minor operations room.

Lockwood Surgery GP Dr Ian Kirkham said: “This is a massive improvement on what we had at Lockwood Avenue and will be much better for both patients and staff.

“We are all very excited for the future and to welcome our patients to our new home when they come in for their appointments.”

The move will allow for traditional health services and council services to be brought together to make a positive impact on health and wellbeing, such as debt and welfare advice, volunteering, care and repair and housing options. GPs will be able to refer patients directly to these services and they will all be under one roof.

Garry Payne, chief executive at Wyre Council, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Dr Kirkham and Lockwood Surgery to the Civic Centre.

“This is the first step in our plans to create a community health hub in Poulton that integrates traditional health services with council services that can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

“We hope to extend this principle to other areas of the borough working with the clinical commissioning group in Wyre.”


 


 

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.