A 10-YEAR dream has been realised by Goring’s Phoenix Surgery in the shape of their new seafront base.
“We can’t believe we are actually here,” said joint practice manager Denise Barraclough, enthusing over the brand-new premises on The Waterfront development, pictured right, at the junction of Sea Place and Eirene Road, Goring.
With its new title of the Phoenix Medical Centre, the facility was described by Mrs Barraclough as “fantastic”, and a dream come true.
“It has taken us 10 years to find a site like this,” she said, “and it offers so much more than our previous surgery in Sea Lane.”
Mrs Barraclough, who joint-shares the practice manager’s post with Miss Elaine Luxford, said that just over 5,000 patients were now taking advantage of the centre’s improved service – and “many more” patients had joined the practice of four doctor partners since the move at the beginning of last week.
“The biggest difference is that the doctors each have their own room. Previously, they had to share the consulting rooms, and there are also two other rooms to be used by locums or visiting consultants.”
Mrs Barraclough said other additional facilities included two to three nursing rooms, a minor surgeries room, and a “fantastic” education suite on the third floor for visiting consultants to deliver training updates for staff from Phoenix and other surgeries in the Worthing area.
She said the only fly in the ointment had been teething problems with the lift, which meant wheelchair patients have had to be treated downstairs where necessary – but this problem was being sorted out as quickly as possible.
With the increased patient base, it is hoped that centre staff numbers will be increased from its present total of around 20.
There have been reservations about car parking spaces available for clients.
But Mrs Barraclough said there were adequate facilities on site at present. And when the remaining development of apartment blocks was completed, 50 per cent of the ground-floor parking spaces would be available for public use.
The Phoenix Medical Centre is being operated on a long lease from London-based Medical Centre Developments.