North Hykeham medical practice to get new £2.2m home

by Amy Williams

Richmond Medical Practice, in North Hykeham, will almost treble in size now work has started on its new £2.2 million home.

The project will see the practice, which cares for 9,500 patients, benefit from a midwifery room, a larger waiting room, purpose-built consultant areas and improved access for the disabled.

The centre will be owned by NHS Property Services – with the company fully funding the build.

It is hoped the development, on the adjacent site to Moor Lane’s health centre, will support the practice in the delivery of the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Paul Jones, principal construction manager at NHS Property Services, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lincolnshire West CCG to deliver a new facility for Richmond Medical Practice and provide the local community with more choice and care closer to home.

“This major new development will provide a fantastic modern, purpose-built facility for patients and staff, housing a variety of primary care services over two floors.

“We are also providing the potential for future development of the building as the foundations and structure of the building will be designed so that it can be expanded at a future date, if required. It is an exciting time as we start work and we look forward to sharing more information with the local community as the programme continues to develop.”

Dianne Taylor, practice manager at Richmond Medical Practice, said: “The staff and I are excited – especially for the patients.

“We are so happy this is finally happening because it has been a long time coming. It is going to give everyone far more room to work in. Our current building was originally designed for 3,500 patients so we are at bursting point.

“Hykeham seems to be growing all the time so more than anything this is really good news for the town.”

The work is being carried out by construction company Lindum Group and it is hoped patients will be able to access the new facility from September 2017.

Sarah-Jane Mills, chief operating officer at NHS Lincolnshire West CCG, said: “This is an exciting project that has been long overdue for the thousands of patients at Richmond.

“We are committed to providing good access to and high quality primary care provision and this scheme is great news for everyone concerned.”

John Watson, 64, from North Hykeham, chairs the practice’s patient participation group and said: “We are really excited to be getting this new building. A bigger and better facility is exactly what is needed in North Hykeham. We have had a huge amount of new homes built here and there are more to come.

“The doctors, nurses and general staff at the practice work really hard and they deserve this boost too. We are looking forward to seeing the building when it is finished.”