Updated: Nov 17, 2019
Report by Tom Martin.
A GP practice in Bootle which has benefitted from a £500,000 makeover, has been given the seal of approval by delighted patients and staff.
North Park Health Centre, on Knowsley Road, has benefitted from a wide-scale revamp with all areas of the practice given renovations as well as the addition of minor surgery facilities.
An opening day was held on Wednesday, August 14 when members of the public along with special guests, including Mayor of Sefton Cllr June Burns, were given a first look.
Also among the guests was 102-year-old Ron Man- son, who has been going to North Park Health Centre since 1945 and is their oldest registered patient - Ron gave the half-a-million-pound refurbishment a big thumbs up!
Catherine Riley, manager at North Park Health Centre, said: “Our patients have been blown away by the changes. Before the work, the practice was very dark and dismal. Now we offer a bright and modern environment.
“You can see the difference on the faces of everyone who has seen the transformation. It also makes such a difference to those of us who work here; we enjoy coming to work even more than ever!
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the project manager Margy James, our architect Neil Hutchinson and the contractors Kroll Corlett who have done a brilliant job transforming our practice”
The building was in need of comprehensive refurbishment, which the Care Quality Commission high lighted during its last inspection of the premises.
All areas of the practice have been touched by the renovations, from the clinical and patient waiting areas to additional minor surgery facilities. The practice is now more accessible and even the car park has been improved.
Eric Balki, TCG medical services director who runs the practice, said: “It is of great pleasure to me and our staff that we have seen the final stages of complete transformation of North Park and making it now one of the best health centres in Liverpool. I could not be more proud of the team.”
The practice’s transformation was approved by NHS England, who worked with the surgery and NHS Property Services to make the refurbishment possible whilst patients continued to be seen and cared for.
Mark Lloyd, principal construction manager for NHS Property Services, said: “We are pleased to have delivered this much needed refurbishment project, which will benefit the staff and patients of North Park Health centre for many years to come. We would like to thank the staff and patients for their patience during construction work and for a great collaborative achievement.”
David Scannell, head of Primary Care at NHS England - North West said: “NHS England is delighted that this substantial refurbishment has now been completed.
“The investment made into North Park will support the practice and the wider primary care network to improve on the excellent care offered to patients by the practice, with the potential now for a wider range of primary care services to be offered to the local community.”