West End Medical Practice Gets Off The Ground

Work on new premises for the West End Medical Practice has begun (18 March). The £4 million development is a partnership between NHS Lothian, St Mary’s Cathedral and the West End Medical Practice.
The plans include relocating the existing West End Medical Practice from its current location in Chester Street to a purpose-built facility in the Cathedral grounds, rebuilding the current stonemason’s workshop and refurbishing the Walpole Hall.
Shulah Allan, Chair, Edinburgh Community Health Partnership, NHS Lothian, said:  “A great deal of work has gone into getting to this stage and I am extremely pleased that the development is about to get underway. The proposed new Practice premises which will bring modern and up-to-the minute healthcare facilities and integrated community services will I am sure be welcomed by the local community.”
The Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, The Very Revd Dr Graham Forbes, CBE, said:  “St Marys is very pleased that this exciting venture with NHS Lothian will be shortly starting on site and we are confident that the new medical centre will reinforce the Cathedral’s ongoing vision of a wider role in the community.”
Dr Dean Pope, Partner, West End Medical Practice said:  “We are delighted that the first steps have been taken towards our new build premises and look forward to the day that we can provide improved facilities for our patient population.”
 The new two-storey practice premises will include eight consulting rooms and two treatment rooms, a practice nurse consulting room and health education room on the ground floor and meeting, library and administrative facilities on the first floor.
The construction work will be undertaken by Campbell Construction Group and it is anticipated that the development will be completed by Spring 2014.