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Planning permission granted for £9m health centre at UK’s biggest doctors’ surgery

A new £9m state-of-the-art health centre is set to transform the biggest doctors’ surgery in the UK after councillors gave the go-ahead for its redevelopment.
Nottingham City Council has granted planning permission for a “21st century facility” to replace the Cripps Health Centre, based at the University of Nottingham’s University Park campus.
The surgery was built in 1969, when it had 6,000 patients and staff.
It now boasts a list of more than 41,000 patients – the biggest single-site GP register in the UK – and is outgrowing its current base, which also houses a dental surgery.
The new complex is set for completion in Autumn 2018.
The new site will include 31 consultant rooms; a four-bed patient observation room; a pharmacy; physiotherapy room; two enhanced procedures rooms; two treatment rooms; nine mental health rooms; one seminar room; and eight dental treatment rooms.
A statement in the planning papers says the new facility has the aims of “enhancing the student experience through the provision of accessible first-class medical facilities” and “reinforcing the university’s message regarding the importance of student wellbeing”.
The new facilities will also allow for greater interaction between the university’s student health services and its primary care research.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway said: “The health centre will deliver an exemplary facility in terms of design, service provision and related research that will be unrivalled in the UK.
“It is unique in its potential to impact every single student at our university as well as ensuring the health and well-being of many thousands more in the years to come.”
It is expected that the construction phase will create 72 jobs, with 50 staff working when the centre is up and running, of which 10 will be new roles.
The companies involved in the construction are Faithful and Gould, CPMG Architects, Munroe + Whitten, Arup (Nottingham), Anderson Green (Nottingham) and Gleeds (Nottingham).
Patients include current university students, postgraduates who have chosen to stay registered with the practice and local people in the area.
Ismail Sadurdeen, president at the university’s Student Union, said: “Health and well-being is so important, especially when it’s the first time some of us have lived away from home.”The current Cripps Health Centre already delivers invaluable support but the potential for new facilities will really make a difference.”
The new health centre has been made possible following a £9 million gift to the university from the Cripps Foundation – the largest single donation from a private foundation in the university’s history.
The Cripps family became involved with the university back in 1949 when Cyril Cripps and his son Humphrey attended a meeting about the launch of an endowment fund at the time when the institution had been awarded its Royal Charter.
The family then funded appointments in the faculty of engineering along with a new hall of residence, Cripps Hall; much-loved by thousands of Nottingham students to this day.

Source Nottingham Post