Keynsham GP surgery to move into new Chocolate Quarter premises
Published on: 08 Jan 2018
A Keynsham GP surgery that serves thousands of residents will be welcoming patients at new premises from Monday, January 15.
St Augustine’s Medical Practice will close the doors at Station Road for the last time at 1pm on Friday, January 12, before reopening at larger, purpose-built premises at the Chocolate Quarter in the former Fry’s chocolate factory on Monday at 8am.
The practice team has been planning to relocate from the surgery’s current Victorian building for more than two years to meet rising demand from a growing population and to provide more modern facilities. There are currently more than 10,100 patients registered with the practice.
The new premises at the Chocolate Quarter, on the ground floor of the new retirement complex run by St Monica Trust, include improved disabled access, a state-of-the-art minor surgery suite, 12 consultation rooms and more spacious staff facilities.
St Augustine’s Saltford branch is not affected by the move.
Nick Woodward, senior partner at St Augustine’s, said: “We are delighted to be moving the Keynsham branch of our practice to the Chocolate Quarter. These modern premises will offer superb facilities to both our patients and staff.
“While retaining our Saltford surgery, the new premises will offer more parking for patients and there will be a regular bus service to the site. This is great for our patients and enables our practice to support Keynsham’s ever-growing population.
“The new facilities also mean we can look in the future to offer more services for the benefit of our patients. We are also pleased to have St Monica Trust as our new landlord and look forward to working with this not-for-profit local organisation to develop health and care services for the local community.”
The practice’s relocation has been supported by Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England as part of a strategy to strengthen primary care and ensure it is sustainable and resilient for the future.
St Augustine’s Medical Practice is one of 26 GP practices in Bath and North East Somerset and was rated “good” by the Care Quality Commission in 2016.