Plans approved for £2m Prestonpans Health Centre Extension

Final proposals for a £2million extension and refurbishment of Prestonpans Health Centre have been approved by East Lothian Council.

The plans will see the building increase in size and will provide purpose-built spaces for patients and staff.

As well as reconfiguring the current health centre, the extension will include three new treatment rooms, a community consulting room and two larger health care assistant rooms. Work is scheduled to begin in Spring and will be completed in Winter 2016.

David Small, Chief Officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “I am so glad that we have got approval for the extension to Prestonpans Health Centre and I would like to thank all the people involved in preparing our planning application – their hard work has paid off.
“The East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership wants to enable much more locally-based care and this development in Prestonpans will provide a modern and accessible health centre, able to respond effectively to the needs of its community.”

The practice has also now been approved as a GP training practice, and Dr Zain Kapasi, GP, Prestonpans Health Centre, said:

“These proposals will allow the practice to accommodate and train junior GPs to become fully qualified. The hope is that in 2016 we’ll be allocated a new GP in training. This will allow the introduction of a new cohort of young doctors each year.

“Being able to provide GP training will be a big benefit for all staff and patients.”

The project is being delivered by NHS Lothian’s development partner Hub South East Scotland Ltd, and its appointed contractor, GRAHAM Construction.

Paul McGirk, Chief Executive, Hub South East Scotland Ltd, said:
“Planning approval is an exciting step in the development of this project. A refurbished and extended health centre will make a real difference to the local community in Prestonpans and we are proud to be playing our part.
“We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with NHS Lothian, and working with our contractor to make these plans a reality.”