A new state-of-the-art health centre has finally opened in Mexborough three years after funding for a ‘super surgery’ was cut.
More than 1,000 patients signed a petition in protest after health service cutbacks saw funding pulled for a proposed £5 million town super surgery in 2010.
But bosses of the Mexborough Medical Practice, which would have relocated to the super surgery, have spent three years putting funds into building a new facility.
The Mexborough Integrated Health Centre has now been opened on the site of the old Highwoods Road fire station.
Centre manager Lisa Ripley said: “There has been no new healthcare facility built for patients since the mid 1980s and the new concept and modern embracing integrated health care centre provides a model of multiple services with many NHS services provided all under one roof for some decades to come.
“The derelict and burned down old fire station site has been rejuvenated.”
She added that their old practice on Adwick Road had become cramped and said patients have praised the spacious new look.
It is estimated the project has cost in the region of £2 million and has been a joint venture between private backers and support from NHS Doncaster.
More than 5,000 registered patients have access to the usual GP services along with counselling, smoking cessation and weight management. There is also a cardio-respiratory suite and a community meeting room.
Labour leader Ed Miliband is due to visit the centre on Friday, October 18.