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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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"Super surgery" to open on former Barrow school site

A £20M “super surgery” is to open in Barrow on the site of a former school.

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The NHS complex will be at the old Alfred Barrow School in Duke Street. All Barrow surgeries have been invited to express an interest in moving there.

Six have so far made detailed expressions of interest, but Duke Street, Norwood and Bridgegate are the remaining three that have yet to do so.

The centre will be designed in such a way that there will be space to expand so surgeries that want to join at a later date will be able to. None of the existing building will be used for clinical work.

The 1960s extensions will be demolished but the original

Victorian building will be used for administration, meetings rooms and educational purposes alongside a brand-new purpose-built surgery.

Dr Geoff Jolliffe, lead commissioning GP for Furness, said: “There will be many advantages to having all the surgeries on one site and this is now a modern idea that’s been tried and tested in other towns in the country and works well. It’s great for Barrow. Most of us are operating out of surgeries that are either not up to standard or are too small and they are isolated. So to have proper, well-designed space where we can integrate with other teams is fantastic.

“The whole concept of this is about integration with other teams like district nurses, physiotherapists, counsellors, psychologists – all those sorts of other professionals that we depend on. And we’re hoping to have a pharmacy on site. So we’re hoping patients will be able to get all the services they need on one site and in one visit.”

Councillor Stewart Young, leader of Cumbria County Council which owns the site, said: “This is a great development for Barrow. The county council has been supportive of the NHS’s plans for this site from the outset and we recognise the important role that this new centre will play in delivering health services to the people of Barrow.

“The Alfred Barrow site is a two-and-a-half-acre town centre site situated in a good location. Opportunities like this don’t come along too often and therefore it is fitting that another public sector organisation uses the site to deliver public services. We are now agreeing the final contractual arrangements and hope to be able to hand over the site to the developers early next year.”

Have your say

HHHmmmm….. sounds like a good idea but the main stumbling block I can see is the issue of parking in that area. 6 Practices, most with multiple GP's, all running clinics at the same time will mean a lot of patients requiring somewhere to park their cars!!

If they can solve that then it may well work.

Posted by Bluey on 10 December 2013 at 02:42

How about a specific section being dedicated to those who are only interested in getting a sick note issued to them, the type of people who watch jeremy kyle and spend all day on facebook and contribute nothing to society other than to make the streets of our good town look rough when most people are in work!!!!!

Posted by kevin griffiths on 9 December 2013 at 13:01

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