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Cambridge Access Surgery opens

A GP’s surgery in Cambridge which provides a ‘unique service’ to the city’s homeless and street population has had a £180,000 refurbishment.

The facelift, which was paid for by Cambridge City Council which owns the building, includes a new reception area and consulting rooms along with upgraded meeting facilities.

Councillors including Kevin Price, the city council’s executive councillor for housing, Cambridge MP Julian Huppert, health staff, homelessness workers and others who have made the project possible had a look around the new facilities yesterday.

Plans are now underway to attract complementary services to set up in the building, to create a first-class medical centre for a group of people who typically experience very poor health outcomes and shortened lives.

Cllr Price said: “After 10 years the building was in real need of a facelift, and the renovation work has created a fresh new environment for this unique and valuable service.

Dr Tom Reichhelm, managing director of medical services provider Malling Health, said: “Malling Health took over the surgery two years ago. We fully share the council’s vision to make 125 Newmarket a centre catering for all the health and advice needs of the city’s homeless and street population.

“We very much look forward to working with fellow professionals providing complementary services. Our bright new building and modern clinical rooms will be welcomed by our staff of ten – including four part-time GPs and two nurses – and, most importantly, by our patients.”

Article by Cambridge News

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