THE MEDICAL CENTRE
(All photos (C) W.Robertson)
The photos show: TOP - A present day (2008) view of the centre. LEFT BELOW - Under construction (phase 1 - early 1990s), viewed from the main entrance road. RIGHT BELOW - Under construction (phase 1), viewed from the community field.
Sadly the Surgery part has been closed (in late 2015) due to it not being operated to the standards required. The loss of this facility being a great blow to those who were registered at this practice. This has meant that a strain has been placed on other surgeries in the vicinity who have had to cater for the medical needs of those displaced patients. At present the Pharmacy (Boots) and Dental Practice on the site are not affected as a result of this .
The Surgery was of great benefit to the community of Oulton. It consisted of a General Practice, staffed by GPs, a full time Practice Manager, two Nurse Practitioners and three Practice Nurses. The Primary Care Trust and the Practice had worked together to provide other services for the local community. There were six consulting/treatment rooms available. The surgery operated an 'Out of Hours Service' - which was accredited by the Department of Health. Latest reports from Health East states that there is no prospect of the surgery reopening. The building is now up for sale!!
UPDATE: September 2017: The former surgery has now been taken over by an organisation ( The Otium Centre).
Below: Left: Pharmacy and Dental Surgery. Right: Main Surgery entrance. Taken May 2009