Work starts on new GP surgery in Biggleswade

The ground-breaking ceremony for Ivel Medical Centre
The ground-breaking ceremony for Ivel Medical Centre

A new GP surgery is on the way in Biggleswade as work has started at the Acorn Centre, following a ground-breaking ceremony last week.

Patients at Ivel Medical Centre can look forward to having a modern spacious GP surgery later this year now work has started.

Finding more spacious premises for the Ivel Medical Centre with ground floor access and room for expansion has been a long standing ambition for the local practice where accommodation has become increasingly cramped as the population of the town has grown.

The new GP premises have come about as a result of a partnership between Ivel Medical Centre and Central Bedfordshire Council who are financing the refurbishment of the Acorn Centre in Chestnut Avenue at a cost of £1.4m.

Biggleswade GP, Dr William Hollington said: “We are delighted that work has started on refitting the Acorn Centre to give local people a facility which is suitable for 21st century primary health care.

“Our patients, local councillors, Central Bedfordshire Council and NHS England have been very supportive of our plans and we look forward to the new surgery opening at the end of the year.”

Ivel Medical Centre has been looking for a bigger building as they deal with close to 1,000 appointments every week.

Cllr Maurice Jones, Deputy Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council and Executive Member for Health, said: “I am delighted that work to transform the Acorn Centre is now underway.

“Projects such as this support the council’s commitment to meet the health and wellbeing needs of our residents and this new facility will provide excellent and accessible healthcare for the growing local population for years to come.”