THE countdown to the opening of Harrogate's new state-of-the-art doctor's surgery on has begun with the unveiling of its name.
The Kingswood Surgery, as it will be known, is due to open in August, just across the road from the town's District Hospital on Wetherby Road.
This is a very exciting development and one which begins to address the need for investment in modern GP premises in the Harrogate
Lynda Wigley - CHaRD
The purpose-built development will replace the current Kings Road Surgery and Woodlands Surgery. The name was chosen by one of the practice receptionists, Chris Lowcock, to incorporate part of the title of each of the old buildings.
In addition, the Craven, Harrogate and Rural District Primary Care Trust (CHaRD), which has worked as a partner on the development, will utilise part of the premises. The Harrogate Community Dental Service will be relocated there, and the building will also house some of the PCT's community nurses.
Dr Ruth Glover, one of the partners at the surgery, commented: "The building is now all but complete and choosing a name is an important step in the process of getting ready for a move during August which will transform the situation for patients and staff.
"Whilst we are very fond of our two existing buildings, they are too small, difficult for some patients to access and just not suitable for modern health care. By starting again on a new site we have been able to plan a comfortable, pleasant surgery with the very best facilities.
The new building will have its own parking area and will provide easy access throughout for disabled patients. New technology will be in use with patient call and automated arrival systems.
Lynda Wigley, Director of Primary Care at CHaRD added: "This is a very exciting development and one which begins to address the need for investment in modern GP premises in the Harrogate area.
"Our surveys have consistently shown that whilst patients rate the quality of local care at GP services as very high, there is concern about the lack of space and difficult access to premises.
"The PCT is also aware that people want to see more facilities offered at a community level in their local surgery, but that is only possible in modern premises with flexible space. We are also pleased that the new building will offer better access for our own facilities, particularly the community dental service."