New ‘cathedral’ for Peacehaven

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FOR about five years Peacehaven’s Meridian Surgery has been operating from Portakabins in a car park.

Yet the list of patients has been growing and growing as residents have seen the new Anchor Health Centre being built to house the practice.

Today (Friday April 27) a dream is set to come true for the patients, staff and four partners at the surgery as champion marathon runner and former Great Britain long distance athlete Richard Nerurkar MBE is finally all set to open the new centre at 7pm.

The surgery has been on the same site since 1986 when it was launched by one GP and kept on growing until it became one of the main Peacehaven surgeries.

About five years ago it was decided a new building was needed and many local companies helped complete the £4million Meridian Way project.

Now patients will be amazed to find a four-storey building with nurses on the first floor, doctors on the second, admin on the fourth and the third is going to be privately rented.

Assistant practice manager Suzanne Hayward said: “District nurses are moving in, along with an osteopath and podiatry, which have been based in Newhaven but outgrown their premises.

“The patient list has been growing as people have seen the new building and want to join the surgery.

“It is a ‘green’ building with solar panels and heating from the earth.

“Patients will see a huge difference, just going round the building and finding their way round.

“There is one reception at the moment but there will be two and a third for the privately rented floor.”

The centre’s Dr Andy Starling said they were looking forward to welcoming the community to take advantage of the new facilities.

“The building is being described by some as the ‘cathedral’ of Peacehaven, with its elegant lines, glass fronted entrance, circular tower and the feature round window to the south. We rather like that comparison.”

The team is working with other practices to develop other services for all the residents of Peacehaven.