Sneak peek inside new medical centre

360-degree tour gives patients a first look inside new Canterbury GP clinic

Work is continuing on the construction of a new health centre in Canterbury, despite the COVID-19 pandemic

A ‘fly-through’ video is giving patients and staff a sneak peek inside a new state-of-the-art medical facility being built in Canterbury.

The new centre, situated next to Kent and Canterbury Hospital, will bring together Canterbury Medical Practice teams currently based at Cossington House and London Road.

Replacing cramped and outdated premises, the 10,000 sq ft building will provide space for an expanding and extended range of services in the community, with 12 consulting rooms and four treatment rooms, all designed to meet the latest environmental standards.

The centre is due for completion later this year and work has continued during the COVID-19 pandemic, with social distancing measures in place on site.

Martin Sandall, managing director of contractor, Jenner, said: “It is extremely refreshing to work with such a pro-active client which goes above and beyond to carry out community engagement by bringing their projects to life in this manner ahead of project completion.

A fly-through video is enabling patients and staff to see what the building will look like when it opens

“This certainly helps the local community to visualise their new facilities, which, in turn, develops an understanding of the work we do as contractors.

“The return to site has been incredibly positive, with progress being made possible thanks to the trusted relations we have throughout our supply chain.

“An enhanced safety culture and new working procedures ensure we can drive delivery with a strong momentum while, most importantly, keeping everyone safe and well.”

The development is one of the first new-build GP premises projects in the country to have received capital funding from NHS England’s Estates and Technology Transformation Fund (ETTF), and has been identified as a priority scheme for NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group for a number of years.

Sam Callow, development manager at developer, Assura, said: “It’s always exciting to see what the inside of a new medical centre will look like and the 360-degree tour video gives you a sneak peek of the internal finishes and provides an opportunity for patients to visualise their journey throughout the new building.

The building will have 12 consulting rooms and four treatment rooms

“It’s been a collaborative approach with many organisations to make this project a reality and I’m glad the development is progressing well on site.”

Emma Ray, executive manager at Canterbury Medical Practice, added: “We’re excited to share the internal images showing what our new surgery will look like.

“Although we have a fondness for the beautiful surgery buildings at Cossington House and London Road, our new premises will make such a difference to our patients’ experiences.

“We’re looking at how we can use the space to its maximum potential and are working with local stakeholders and other healthcare providers to make sure we can provide the excellent care in a first class setting that our patients deserve.”

The facility brings together teams currently based at two centres

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