Work has begun on a new, purpose-built health park for Chipping Norton, set to open in February 2015 next to the town’s community hospital.
Construction workers have started laying foundations at the London Road site which will be the new home for the White House and West Street GP surgeries, currently occupying town centre premises.
A new pharmacy, open 100 hours per week, has already opened in a mobile building on the site and will relocate to the new building on its completion next January.
Tony Love, practice manager at the White House surgery, said the scheme will widen the scope of services the surgeries can provide.
He said: “The improvement is for the patients because at the moment we are both working out of inadequate buildings, so you will have a very big building where we will be able to provide a much more comprehensive service. We will be able to bring consultants from Banbury and Oxford to expand our service delivery.”
The 2,000 square metre facility, designed by property advisers GVA, will extend over three floors and will have 18 consulting rooms, 16 clinical rooms and, crucially, patient parking for 64 vehicles. It will serve an estimated 14,000 patients.
The scheme was orchestrated by the surgeries managed by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and funding has been allocated by the Department for Health.
Explaining the decision to open the pharmacy on site in advance of the surgery, Mr Love said: “We wanted to expand our service delivery. Most pharmacies close after 6pm or 7pm so if people go in late they will now still be able to get their prescriptions.”
Tim Scruton, director at GVA, said the building has been designed in a contemporary style that takes inspiration from local architecture.
He said: “Stone and timber cladding will be used in keeping with local building styles, as are large windows which take their inspiration from the Georgian style seen in Chipping Norton.
“The new building will feature a canopy and colonnade at the front entrance.”
Construction is being undertaken by H W Pollard & Sons. The surgery is expected to open Mondays-Fridays from 8am-6.30pm.