Patients have shared their joy at the reopening of a doctor’s office after being closed for over two years.
The general practice on Burwash Road, Hangleton, previously known as Burwash Medical Centre, reopened its doors on Tuesday.
Keith Mason and his wife Mary, patients at the newly refurbished WellBN Burwash Surgery, said they were “delighted” to have them back.
Keith and Mary Mason are patients at Burwash GP (Image: NQ)
“It’s wonderful,” said Mrs. Mason.
Mr Mason, who uses a mobility scooter, said: “The surgery has been missing for so long I thought it would never come back.
“It was a real hassle to get to the nearest doctor’s office on Old Shoreham Road.
“It’s much more convenient for me and I don’t have to wait at slow traffic lights or maneuver around difficult intersections.”
The practice was closed because it was run down and in need of a refurbishment, which has now been undertaken.
Conservative councilwoman for Hangleton and Knoll, who had campaigned for the return, Dawn Barnett cut the ribbon at the reopening.
She said: “This reopening of surgery is really important. This ward has many elderly residents, families and young mothers and it was really difficult to get to the other practice.
“People would have to take two buses, one into town and one out. Many residents considered moving the practice as it was so inconvenient and costly to get two buses.”
The practice has been renovated and now has three practice rooms. It will provide nursing services such as flu shots as well as doctor appointments. Pharmacy services are also coming more into focus.
Shilpa Patel, senior pharmacist and project manager of the reopening, said: “We are trying something new here by running pharmacy clinics and focusing on the pharmacy aspects.
“Family doctors will diagnose and pharmacists will be on site and able to provide the medication.”
The garden has been restored (Image: NQ)
Burwash surgery will be working with the Robin Hood Health Foundation, a charity based in Brighton and Hove.
Emma Drew, director of the charity, said: “We have restored the garden here. The brambles were at shoulder height and it was backbreaking work, but we uncovered an important space for alternative therapies like gardening.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23059061.patients-share-joy-gp-surgery-reopening-two-years/?ref=rss Patients are happy about the reopening of the general practice after two years