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Surgery to get new premises

PUBLISHED: 13:22 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 23 August 2010

PERMISSION has been granted to build a two-storey medical centre near a theatre. One month after the temporary White Horse surgery was set up, permission has been granted for land by the Vale Theatre in Vale Road, Northfleet, to be used for the building.

PERMISSION has been granted to build a two-storey medical centre near a theatre.

One month after the temporary White Horse surgery was set up, permission has been granted for land by the Vale Theatre in Vale Road, Northfleet, to be used for the building.

White Horse temporary surgery became fully-operational in September and has already attracted more than 250 registered patients.

A spokesman for West Kent Primary Care Trust said the surgery attracts 80 walk-in patients a day with its busiest day seeing 115 pass through its doors.

He said: "We expect these figures to increase as more people get to know that this facility exists and operates 12 hours a day, seven days a week."

The permanent centre will be an environmentally sustainable building which will occupy the land used by the current surgery plus the former scenery storage for the theatre and open ground that is part of the Northfleet Urban park.

Consulting and treatment rooms, with a patient's reception and social services accommodation will be housed on the ground floor.

The first floor will feature further consulting rooms, a minor operations suite, a sub-waiting room and staff accommodation.

It will have a green sedum roof with solar thermal panels and use timber from sustainable sources.

The roof will reduce the amount of waste water run-off and use the latest technology to ensure high quality insulation to reduce energy use.

Work on the new surgery is expected to begin in the New Year and the transfer from the temporary site to the new building is scheduled for Spring 2011.


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