The new doctor’s surgery in Marksbury Road opened its doors for the first time today (24 September) – with the approval of the local community.
Marksbury Road Surgery next to Oasis Academy primary school is light, airy and spacious – with a pharmacy on site and offering six treatment and 11 GP and nurse practitioner rooms, as well as a room for minor operations.
It replaces the Wedmore branch in St John’s Lane run by Bridge View Medical which closed on Saturday and has moved to these new premises to give patients improved facilities.
Walking in the first morning, people were welcomed by volunteer greeter Gerry Fletcher who was directing patients upstairs to the new reception area – also reachable by lift.
He said: “It’s fantastic. It’s the opening day and I’m just getting to know where everything is.”
Patients who visited the first morning were extremely enthusiastic about the new building.
Jean Mizen (87) said: “It’s lovely, I only live over there and it will make a difference because I’m disabled and I will be able to walk to this one – the other was too far…”
And twenty-two-year-old John Jones said: “It’s a lot better, it’s closer to everyone. It’s easier because there’s a pharmacy there as well. It’s all in one building.”
Kim Williams (58) came to collect her prescription and to have a look at the new centre.
She said: “It’s good as it’s just down the road from me. It looks nice and clean and it’s handy being next to the school for the kids and also the new houses going up.”
The 75 houses being built behind the surgery are due to be completed this autumn and are also on the site of the former City of Bristol college. They are all part of the regeneration project which has included the new school.