Sandy town centre GP surgery formally opens after refurbishment

PUBLISHED: 06:59 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:53 18 April 2018

MP Alistair Burt (left) at the official opening of Sandy's Shannon Court surgery. Picture: Bedfordshire CCG

MP Alistair Burt (left) at the official opening of Sandy's Shannon Court surgery. Picture: Bedfordshire CCG

Bedfordshire CCG

Sandy town centre’s newly-refurbished Shannon Court surgery has officially opened.

North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt was joined by doctors and patients to officially open the new GP site – which replaces the old Kings Road surgery – on Wednesday last week.

Shannon Court will provide community health care services with modern facilities to meet the growing needs of more than 6,000 patients.

Mr Burt gave a heartfelt speech at the opening welcoming everyone old and new who had been part of the journey, saying: “I saw the pressures that Kings Road was under and I wanted to help. It hasn’t been easy getting here, but the friendly attitude and sense of belonging is the hallmark of this excellent surgery.”

Lead GP Dr Robert Graffy was keen to thank Mr Burt, as well as Sandy’s residents, for their support in the refurbishment and opening of the new surgery.

“As the number of patients continues to grow, and the way we support healthcare conditions change and develop, it’s vitally important that we have the space and facilities to provide appropriate treatment and services as close to the patient’s home as possible,” he said.

“We are very grateful to our local councillor and residents for their ongoing help and support with this project.

“We have come so far from being a portacabin with a surgery attached – but this is only the starting point of where we need to be to be properly sustainable.

“Our aim has always been to support our GP colleagues and community staff to provide the best healthcare possible to the residents of Sandy, and we will work closely with NHS England to ensure we continue to do this.”

As part of the refurbishment, Dr Graffy asked the surgery’s Patient Participation Group – who worked closely with staff and patients throughout the process of moving surgeries – to decorate the practice’s walls with artwork.

The 11-person team secured the loan of eight pieces of artwork from Paintings in Hospitals, which provide art that inspires better health and wellbeing.

Sandy-born professional photographer Emma Hare supplied the surgery with a collection of her photos, saying: “The older you get, the more you realise how important roots are.”

To find out more about the surgery, have a look at shannoncourtsurgery.co.uk.

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