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Kensington Group Practice 28 July 2004

The Department of Health and Social Security is pleased to announce the opening of the new premises for Kensington Group Practice on Monday 26 July. The new premises which are situated in Westmoreland Road, Douglas, are to be known as Kensington Health Centre and have been created in the former Out-patients Department of the old Noble's Hospital.

DHSS Minister, Steve Rodan, in welcoming the opening of the new premises said:

"The new premises demonstrate a commitment by the Department to ensure high standards of health care and continuous improvement in the provision of services."

This relocation reflects demand both in terms of the increasing number of patients and services provided by Kensington Group Practice. The original premises in Kensington Road were designed to accommodate four doctors. The Practice now consists of six doctors, three Practice Nurses and associated staff, and they have outgrown their original premises.

The new premises are significantly larger than the previous building and have been designed as a base for the provision of health care in the Community. The building contains spacious facilities for each Doctor and Practice Nurse, and in addition, facilities for the Child Health Clinic, District Nursing Service, a Counsellor, office and record storage.

There is also much increased space for those patients visiting the premises, including a comfortable waiting area and room for children in prams or buggies. Dedicated parking, including disabled parking spaces, is available outside the front door.

The new Health Centre represents a substantial investment on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Security in conjunction with the partners of the Practice. The refurbishment of the old Out-patients Department has been carried out to a high standard by the Estates Directorate of the Department, at a total cost of £350,000.

The Minister, thanking all those involved in the project for their hard work and commitment during the planning, refurbishment, and during the move from one building to another, stated:

"I am delighted that the Department has been able to provide Kensington Group Practice with much improved facilities to enable them to continue to provide a high standard of medical service to their patients."

Andrea Castle, Practice Manager at Kensington Group Practice said:

"Doctors and staff are delighted with their new premises and would like to thank Mike Harrington and the Estates Directorate for all their hard work."

The Minister will be officially opening Kensington Health Centre in early September.

The Department of Health and Social Security is in the process of acquiring the previous Group Practice premises with the intention of creating an additional practice to serve the Douglas area. Further details will be published in due course.

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