Chorley’s Labour-Run Council Hands Over Keys To New Whittle GP Practice

2 Apr 2022 | Facilities, NHS & Social Care

Picture above (left to right): Cllr Mark Clifford; Neville Whitham; Leader of Chorley Council Cllr Alistair Bradley

The new building for Whittle GP Surgery is now complete and has been officially handed over to the GP practice by Labour-run Chorley Council.

The new modern facility has ten consulting rooms and two treatment rooms accompanied by spacious and comfortable patient waiting areas and accessible facilities. The building also boasts state-of-the-art back office areas with training rooms for staff including breakout and wash facilities. 

The new development replaces the old Whittle GP surgery which has outgrown its current premises on Preston Road, unable to meet patient demand and with very limited car parking. Chorley Council, which is controlled by a majority Labour Party administration, purchased the site with the view to allow the out-of-date GP to benefit from a brand new fit-for-purpose facility. 

Official handover of the keys to the new Whittle Surgery, Preston Road, Chorley by Chorley Council leader Alistair Bradley.
Official handover of the keys to the new Whittle Surgery, Preston Road, Chorley by Chorley Council leader Alistair Bradley. Picture by Paul Heyes, Thursday March 17, 2022.

Local Labour candidate Neville Whitham said, “It is great to see the new surgery building completed in such a quick time and ready to open to provide high-quality health care here in the Clayton-le-Woods and Whittle-le-Woods area. 

“It is another example of Chorley Labour investing in our villages and our commitment to enable easy access to healthcare for local residents. 

“The improved facilities will enable the Whittle GP Surgery to keep up with patient demand following the new housing developments in the area. We have listened to resident concerns and actively provided a solution with the delivery of this new surgery development.”

The GP Surgery has been constructed to BREEAM Excellent standard which assesses buildings on their sustainability levels and has been awarded an A+ energy performance rating. The building also meets the environmental aspirations of the council by including solar panels and electric vehicle charging points. “

The new medical facility has been built on the site of St. John’s Church Hall which was demolished to make way for the new development that incorporates the GP Surgery, as well as a community building for Clayton-Le-Woods Parish Council.

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