New annexe boosts capacity at Sherborne surgery

A SHERBORNE surgery has expanded capacity in a bid to treat more patients.

A new annexe at The Apples Medical Centre has been officially opened by MP Chris Loder (Con, West Dorset), with additional treatment rooms now available, expanding capacity for nurses, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners.

Mr Loder was joined at the opening by Bruce Duncan, chair of the Apples Patients Group (APG); Simon Galvin, vice chair; Sarah Webster, operational manager of Sherborne Primary Care; and Cheryl Monnox, of Dorset NHS Estates.

Bruce Duncan, chair of the APG, said: “On behalf of the APG, I thank the practice for all their hard work and care, bearing in mind the continuously intense pressure the surgery team work under. These rooms are best placed to provide better patient care.”

“This new annexe represents a significant investment and extension to The Apples, which opened in 1985,” Mr Loder said.
“The new facilities will increase capacity and provide an improved workplace for healthcare professionals to treat patients.”

And Philippa Cannings, practice manager at the Apples, added: “The Apples Medical Centre are thrilled to expand our premises with the addition of three new consultation rooms and waiting room, we are committed to enhancing patient care and accessibility in our community.

“We would like to extend our appreciation to Dorset ICB for their invaluable assistance with funding, as well as Steve Way Architect, Bamford’s Builders, B&G Down Tree Service and R&S Foundations for their contribution to this project.

“We are also grateful to our dedicated workforce, supportive neighbours and understanding patients for their patience and cooperation during the construction phase.”

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