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My favourite part of our new building…

05.11.2019

How Darley Dale Medical Centre’s new premises have helped to improve recruitment and staff morale.

With a growing population of patients, Darley Dale Medical Centre needed a brand-new building to expand their services and provide patients with new facilities.

The new building, which opened in April 2019, created a brighter space for patients and staff and provided expansion space to ensure the practice can continue to develop and grow. Since the move, the team has been able to offer a wide range of services such as minor surgery and family planning, but how has the move helped staff?

We asked Ed Oakley, Lead GP at Darley Dale Medical Centre all about the new building.

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What challenges did you face in your building?

The main issues were the lack of space for clinicians and admin staff.

How has the new building helped fix these challenges?

Since changing to the new site, it has allowed us to set up teams in specific spaces rather than hot-desking.

What’s your favourite part of your new building and why?

It’s the light we get throughout the building and the high ceilings. This makes for a much more comfortable working environment, particularly as the days shorten.

What have patients’ reactions been?

Good. Most are very impressed with the new surgery building.

What benefits has the new surgery brought?

We have been able to take on an extra GP registrar and have been able to offer some extra services from the building that we previously didn’t have space for.

Tell us how the areas for staff have affected your working day?

The biggest change to the working day is that we have a dedicated staff room. Before, several people had their desks in the staff room trying to work while people ate lunch and socialised.

Has the new building helped to recruit new staff, or made it a more appealing place to work for existing staff?

The building has made this a much nicer place to work and will play a significant part in the recruitment of high-level staff in the future.