BUXTED’S new eco-friendly medical centre was officially opened last Saturday by Wealden MP Charles Hendry.
The state-of-the-art 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 is a host of other improvements such as far more visitor parking spaces.
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 said: “We are thrilled that the work is now complete and have enjoyed welcoming local people 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 April 23 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.”
To satisfy the needs of all creatures great and small, the rotunda in the roof was purpose-built to provide a roost for pipistrelle and long-eared bats.
Practice manager Jackie Smith explained: “The rotunda 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.”
Another area of the site offers a natural habitat for common lizards and slow worms.
Lewes law firm Adams & Remers was involved in securing the lease from developers who had agreed Heads of Terms with the Ionides Trust. The firm has also worked to secure Buxted’s satellite surgery at East Hoathly (open this summer) and the new Peacehaven surgery.