Work has started today on Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre in central Poole which will become the new home for Dr Nelms and partners of Carlisle House Surgery later this year and will provide modern, fit-for-purpose primary care facilities for patients.

Increases in population and changing demands have been a key consideration in the planning and development of Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre, and when finished it will be able to accommodate up to 13,500 patients.

Up to 84 parking spaces and allocated spaces for disabled patients will mean improved access for those attending appointments by car. There is also a bus stop just 100m away for patients who are using public transport.

Jill Tobin, Practice Manager of Carlisle House Surgery said “The relocation of Carlisle House Surgery to new, high quality premises is exciting news, both for our current patients and those we would expect to see join us as the local population grows over the coming years. The feedback we have received from patients so far has definitely echoed this.

Our patients and staff are all very fond of the current site in Lagland Street which has operated as a GP surgery since 1922. However, we recognise that this is now outdated and undersized and unable to meet the demands of a modern General Practice.

The significant investment from the NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund means that we have been able to design flexible, accessible premises which will make the best use of the latest technology whilst at the same time offering the high level of friendly service that is currently enjoyed by our patients.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be providing regular updates and would encourage patients who do have any questions to speak to a member of staff.

I would like to thank everyone working at Carlisle House Surgery along with the Carlisle House Patient Participation Group and all the partners involved in this project for their hard work and commitment without which this would not be happening.”

It is expected the new premises will open during the Summer of 2019. In the meantime, services will continue as normal from Carlisle House Surgery.

A patient information event will take place in the spring and patients will be invited to attend.

Regular updates can be found in the reception area of Carlisle House Surgery and via the website www.carlislehousesurgery.nhs.uk.