BUXTED’S NEW medical centre opened to patients this week.
The purpose-built centre replaces the former April Cottage surgery which closed for a day last week so the move could take place.
The building has been designed to provide first-rate medical care for people in and around the village as well as a home-from-home for a number of other types of residents.
The rotunda in the centre was specifically designed as a ‘penthouse’ for Pipistrelle and Long Eared bats who were made homeless when the former boys’ club was demolished to make way for the new centre.
On the south-west corner of the grounds is a new environment for common lizards and slow-worms.
The village almost failed to get a new medical centre at all when carefully worked schemes were turned down by a cash-strapped health authority. But pressure from the local MP, councillors and opinion formers persuaded the authority to do a U-turn.
Although there had been considerable opposition to the building, Wealden planners gave their formal consent in September 2010. It is situated on Ionides land which was bequeathed to the village.
The building was designed to serve 12,000 patients with provision for the increase in population which is being generated by new homes both in the village itself and on the Grampian site.
It has facilities for minor surgery, dermatology and gynaeology and patients’ needs will be served by doctors Clarissa Fabre, David Wright, Elizabeth Gill, Fiona Stewart and Jim Oliver.