Demolition work has started ahead of the construction of a new £3 million GP surgery project near Chorley
This is an edited version of an article first published by Lancashire Live.
Chorley Borough Council has started tearing down the St. John’s Church Hall in Whittle-Le-Woods as part of the authority’s ‘commitment to quality local healthcare facilities’.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley borough council, said: “A new surgery is well overdue. Residents have told us that access to quality healthcare is important to them and this is part of the work we are doing to ensure that people have easier access to a GP.
“It’s an example of us working to enhance services that we would not ordinarily provide but we see it as important to deliver improvements that the residents have told us they want to see.”
The new surgery, which was given council funding in October last year totalling just north of £1 million, and is expected to include nine consulting rooms and three treatment rooms for existing patients and new patients. The site will offer substantial parking facilities that are not found at the current Whittle Surgery, which is less than a quarter of a mile away in Preston Road.
“The practice will continue to register new patients and the new building will ensure the practice has the additional space required to care for our growing list and provide new services for those patients.”
The existing GP surgery has previously been described as ‘unfit for purpose and has been using the addition of a Portakabin as an extra room to cope with patient demand.
The bulk of demolition work is expected to take place in February and completed by March. Construction to the new surgery building will start in May or June and is likely to take around 12 months to be completed.