Buxted’s new eco-friendly Medical Centre was officially opened on Saturday 19 May by Wealden MP Charles Hendry. And it is with thanks to various local firms that the project has been successfully completed. These include law firm Adams & Remers who dealt with the leases for the long-awaited £1.3 million medical centre.
Robin Illingworth, Senior Partner at Adams & Remers said: “It’s wonderful to see the Buxted Medical Centre being opened. It is our third new health centre project in recent years and we are delighted to have played a role in securing such a useful new community facility.
“Adams & Remers has been involved from the outset and assisted in securing a lease from developers Ryhurst who had in turn agreed Heads of Terms with the Ionides Trust, which owns the land. The terms of the lease agreement we negotiated with the developers ensured they were required to deliver a product of the highest possible quality.”
The new state-of-the-art health centre, which replaces the old surgery at April Cottage, now offers minor surgery and tissue viability services and its 9,000 patients can order prescriptions on line. Disabled access is excellent and there are a host of other improvements such as greatly increased numbers of parking spaces for visitors. The centre has its own well-equipped dispensary and will continue to serve many local care and nursing homes, as well as providing free medication deliveries to hundreds of patients.
GP Partner Dr David Wright from the Buxted Medical Centre said: “We are thrilled that the work is now all complete and have been thoroughly enjoying welcoming the local community to take advantage of the new facilities. The last few years have seen an enormous expansion in our patient base and we now have first-class facilities from which to provide the best possible care.”
David continued: “The centre opened to the public on 23 April and it has all gone very smoothly. It is a big step up from the April Cottage Surgery – we are enjoying the extra space and working environment and feel it really enhances the experience patients have when they visit us.”
And it is not just the local population who appreciate the new facilities. In a nod to the needs of all creatures great and small, the rotunda in the roof of the Centre was purpose-built to provide a roost for pipistrelle and long eared bats.
Practice Manager Jackie Smith explains: “Patients often ask about the purpose of the rotunda. It is divided in half to accommodate the differing needs of our resident bats. The lofts can only be accessed by a licensed ecologist who enters through a hatch in the gents toilets that we have nicknamed the ‘bat hatch’. The bats are extremely quiet and outwardly there is absolutely no sign they are there.”
In addition to the penthouse facilities for the bats, another area of the Buxted Medical Centre site has been created to offer a natural habitat for common lizards and slow worms.
There’s more good news for patients who attend Buxted’s satellite at East Hoathly. Work is now well advanced on its new surgery building and it is expected to open in the summer.