Patients in Sandsend face months of upheaval when the village’s crumbling GP surgery closes this month for a major redevelopment.
The building, which has been deteriorating for some time, is being transformed into a larger modern surgery, with disabled access, additional consulting rooms and the ability to provide more services including podiatry, child health and counselling.
This means it will close its doors on Monday, October 13, for up to eight months, meaning the Tuesday early morning surgery will be held in Sleights and all medication will be dispensed from the Churchfield practice.
However, Sandsend Stores has agreed to hold prescribed medicines for patients to collect from the shop.
A spokesperson for the surgery said: “We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause and hope arrangements which have been made will continue to maintain the service we have always strived to provide.”
No controlled drugs or to pay for items can be held at Sandsend Stores, so these will need to be collected from Sleights. Prescriptions will be delivered to the shop on a Friday and will need to be ordered by the previous Wednesday. Any concerns can be raised with the practice manager Caroline on 01947 810466.