Extension work set to begin at Axminster Medical Practice

PUBLISHED: 14:59 10 December 2015 | UPDATED: 16:25 17 December 2015

Dr James Vann and PCSO Andy Trott await the arirval of the portable cabins at Axminster Medical Practice. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Dr James Vann and PCSO Andy Trott await the arirval of the portable cabins at Axminster Medical Practice. Picture: CHRIS CARSON


New floor will provide seven more consulting rooms to meet town’s growing needs

Work is getting under way on a major extension to Axminster Medical Practice.

Another floor is being added at the back of the Church Street building to provide seven more consulting rooms and a disabled WC.

The project is being overseen by Dr Simon Hodges and Dr James Vann and Linda Coombs, the practice manager.

In a statement outlining details of the work the team says:

“The practice intends to add a further seven Consulting rooms and one disabled WC by adding another floor at the back of the building.

“This will be above the area at the back of the building as you look down through the main reception. The plans can be viewed on the practice noticeboards

“The new floor will link to the existing main building via the second floor waiting room. There will be no stairway between the new floor and the one below except for an external fire escape.

“The build should take approximately five to six months.

“During this time some Drs and staff will be relocated, some in temporary accommodation on the Restharrow car park and some in our existing surgery.

“The new temporary consulting rooms in Restharrow car park will have a new temporary waiting room on the ground floor in Restharrow. This will be linked to the cabins via a temporary walkway. The front door to Restharrow off Church St will not be the access route for the temporary consulting rooms/waiting area. There will be signs erected directing patients where to go.

“ARC patients will still be seen at Restharrow and continue to use the Church Street entrance and be accompanied by their counsellor. This Church Street entrance will remain locked at all times.

“There will be no reception staff in the temporary accommodation or waiting area. All patients will still check in at the main desk and be directed to the appropriate waiting area. There is a toilet on the ground floor of Restharrow, which patients will be able to use.

“The existing waiting areas in the main surgery will temporarily become smaller as a partition will be erected on both ground floor and first floor levels sealing off the rebuild area.

“There will be noise and disruption but we will try to keep this to the minimum.

“The temporary accommodation (waiting area and cabins) will not be wheel chair friendly. All wheel chair patients will be seen in the main surgery by arrangement.

“The four Doctors working from the temporary consulting rooms will be Drs Ashby, McKenna, Allen and the Registrar, Dr Phillp.

Two Health Care Assistants, Nicky and Julie will hold clinics in the cabins and 3 nurses, Jane, Janet and Sooty.

“We aim to move out of the build area in the surgery at the end of work on Friday 18th December and start working in the Temporary rooms on Monday 21st December.

“Please remember to check in as usual at the main surgery reception.”

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