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Felixstowe: Multi-million pound coastal surgery opens

11:16 14 March 2014

Dr Stephen Feltwell and practice manager Jenny Molloy inside the new Grove Medical Centre in Felixstowe.

Dr Stephen Feltwell and practice manager Jenny Molloy inside the new Grove Medical Centre in Felixstowe.

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A new multi-million pound, state-of-the-art medical centre has opened in a coastal town.

Grove Medical Centre in Grove Road, Felixstowe, is only 500 metres away from the Central Surgery in Hamilton Road that it replaced.

The development cost £3.5million, and the staff are settling in well to their new environment.

Stephen Feltwell, project leader for the development, said: “It’s excellent. It’s everything we hoped it would be.

“It’s a large building and so much better than our old premises.

“We became very fond of the old building but the new premises are better.”

The opening of the surgery
has been several years in the
making and will serve around 16,000 people.

Dr Feltwell said: “We have been looking for a new site for 10 years, and we have been looking at the Grove for the last four years.”

Most of the funding came from NHS Suffolk and in the form of a grant from the sale of Felixstowe’s Bartlet Hospital.

Dr Feltwell said: “We’re very grateful that they have both recognised our need for new premises and supported us to give new resources for the building.

“We welcome the opportunity to serve our patients more effectively.”

There are 26 consultant rooms in the new surgery, whereas at the old site, there were only eight. However he was keen to stress that the facilities are in addition to the community hospital.

He said: “The services we’re providing are not taking away from Felixstowe Community Hospital.

“We’re delighted to have a new premises and we hope that will enable Felixstowe to have a high standard of care for the forseeable future. We have got the facilities the patients deserve after years of being limited by our premises.”

7 comments

  • questions I have how will patients get there? will there be a traffic light system? older people who can walk cannot walk the extra distance is there going to be a service for them?

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    dominic miaoulis

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Is this the same place that the Star mentioned about costing £1m just 2 years back? 26 consultancy rooms? Probably more than all the doctor surgeries in Ipswich combined! The question is why, especially considering most rooms wont be in use the majority of the time? If all rooms are used Mon-Fri they deserve some credit. Questions must be raised regarding the overspend?

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • What a shame that the surgery did not inform their patients when they were moving. Its outrageous that this surgery has been built where it is, not the right place at all and certainly not convenient for many many people who rely on public transport to get to their appointments. What bus service will be running to the surgery, the whole thing has been so badly organized that no one knows. 26 consulting rooms, now why would you need that amount when its as bad as pulling hens teeth to get an appointment. Its a complete fiasco, should have been built at the rear of Homebase.

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    October girl

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Buses now have new routes that take them along Colneis Rd, as close to the new surgery as if it had been behind Homebase. Why on earth would traffic lights be required?

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    Seasidemac

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • The old premises appear to have been sold. Who is getting the proceeds of that sale?

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    paul

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Though there is a bus service it is only one an hour. As it takes around 10 minutes for the bus to go to Old Felixstowe and back it means a visit to the surgery using public transport could take up to of 2 hours.

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    DALINE

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Well said October Girl. Now this would have been the ideal thing to have been put alongside the station in the land where the "supermarket on stilts" has been approved by our all-knowing Councillors. As more people move into this town and stretch resources even further, we face ever greater stupidity like this. A Doctors surgery away from any public transport and a supermarket proposed on stilts on totally unsuitable land not fit for that purpose!

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    Disbeliever

    Friday, March 14, 2014

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