The newly refurbished East Barnet Health Centre welcomed back patients and visitors as it reopened its doors on Monday 19 October 2015.
NHS Property Services carried out a wholesale refurbishment of East Barnet Health Centre.
The works costing almost £1 million included improvements to disabled access and the addition of a lift (to be completed in November), new double-glazed windows and fresh new floors, ceilings, walls and furniture throughout to create a more pleasant environment for patients and staff.
East Barnet Health Centre remained closed for 16 months while the works were undertaken and the GPs remained in temporary premises at Vale Drive, High Barnet,until the building reopened in October 2015.
The project faced unforeseen delays when our asbestos specialists discovered a significant quantity of additional asbestos behind identified areas of the material, which then had to be removed in the interests of health and safety.
The volume, locations and type of materials meant this extra asbestos was tricky to remove and caused significant cosmetic damage to the building, which made it impossible to reinstate services straight after as planned.
With the building empty and the asbestos removed, NHS Property Services decided to take stock and see if more could be done to improve the building for patients into the future.
A statement was issued to explain these additional delays.
We presented these options to GPs and patients on 4 February 2015.
The response from local people was overwhelmingly in favour of Option 2. We have therefore chosen to refurbish the building and we invited patients and staff of East Barnet Health Centre to follow our dedicated project updates on the right hand side of this page.
Building works were completed on schedule and the GPs moved back in and welcomed patients back into the Health Centre on Monday 19 October 2015.