Work to begin on £6.5m super surgery

An artist's impression of the �6.5m South Kirkby Medical Centre
An artist's impression of the �6.5m South Kirkby Medical Centre

WORK on a £6.5m community health centre designed to bring first-class health services to South Kirkby and beyond will begin next month.

Plans for the super surgery were approved by Wakefield Council in February, and now funding is in place, the development is gathering pace, with work starting on site on May 14.

Little Lane and Stockingate surgeries will both be run from the two-storey building, which will be built on Langthwaite Road.

It will house a modern primary care centre including a base for district nurses and health visitors, a pharmacy, dental surgery and retail unit.

The £6.5m centre, which is set to open in April 2013, will be funded by RBS Healthcare, led by Community Ventures South Kirkby Ltd.

Dean Spencer, development director at Community Ventures said: “This is a fresh and exciting development providing key services to the local community in a modern and, overall efficient way.

“It’s a significant project for Community Ventures as it demonstrates effective partnership working between us and a number of parties including both GP practices, local NHS services, Miller Construction and, last but not least, RBS as our chosen funding provider who have been been instrumental in helping to deliver the project.”

Mike Coster, business development director at RBS, said: “The Bank has worked very closely with the Community Ventures Group Management team over a two-year period to help bring the scheme to fruition.

“We are delighted to support this important new development, which will bring the community based care services into one location.

“Community primary care services are a key element of local infrastructure, and this material enhancement to local services is something we understand well.

“RBS is a strong supporter of primary care and social care services and we are always looking to back this type of scheme.”