New centre replaces arson attack surgery

A NEW medical centre, built to replace a surgery destroyed by fire, has been officially opened.

The £6m Mannock Medical Centre is based in the grounds of Isebrook Hospital, Irthlingborough Road, Wellingborough, and it will serve more than 18,000 patients.

It was built to replace the Gold Street Surgery which was burnt down by arsonists last May.

The new building houses two GP surgeries, Abbey Medical Practice and Dr Datta and Partner, Oasis Healthcare Dental Service and Cohen’s pharmacy.

Peter Bone, MP for Rushden and Wellingborough, officially opened the new site yesterday, although the site has been open to patients since last November.

It has been named after Wellingborough war hero Mick Mannock who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroics during the First World War.

Temporary accommodation was required by the practices while emergency construction work was carried out on the new centre, so the doctors took up residence at the former nursing home building at Hemmingwell Lodge, in Nest Farm Crescent.

Dr Geoff King, a surgery partner at Abbey Medical Practice, said: “We were at a temporary site since our former premises was destroyed by fire, so we are delighted to be able to move into the new medical centre. We were at Hemmingwell Lodge for about 18 months. We kept ticking over there but it was a compromise.

“The new surgery offers exceptional healthcare facilities which will allow us to offer the very best care to our patients. It’s such an improvement.”

Both doctors and the dentist practice are taking on new patients.

Dr King added: “I am very pleased that we are commemorating Mick Mannock by naming the building after him, and making the memory of this First World War hero much more prominent.”

Simon Gould, from construction company Assura Property Group, said: “The centre’s location at Isebrook Hospital will make a huge difference to the community, and the inclusion of dentistry and a pharmacy means patients now have just one port of call for all their health services. There has been a huge amount of hard work by all parties to deliver this building and we are delighted to reach this stage.”