On 2nd September Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre – the new home for staff and patients of Carlisle House Surgery opened its doors thanks to the commitment and dedication of its project partners.

An evening event was arranged on 7th November to mark the official opening of Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre, providing an opportunity to recognise those involved in the project and enabling partners within the local community to find out more.

Dr Nelms opened the evening which saw attendees from NHS partners including NHS England and NHS Dorset CCG along with other local organisations including the Greendale Construction, Simpson Hilder and Primary Care Surveyors.

He said, “This evening’s event is a way of saying thank you to everyone involved in creating this brand new, purpose-built Practice which will benefit local people both now, and in the years to come and we are delighted that so many of our partners have come along tonight.”

The relocation project benefited from a £1.5m investment from a number of bodies including Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund.  The fund is part of the General Practice Forward View commitment to modernise General Practice and improve services for patients, with a focus on buildings and technology.

Increases in population and changing demands were a key consideration in the planning of Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre which will be able to deliver care to 13,500 patients in a dementia friendly environment offering improved access with up to 84 parking spaces and public transport links.

Photos from Jessica Sibley.