Works are now complete on a new state of the art primary care centre at Methil Docks.
On Monday, the doors to the new £2m Cannons surgery were opened to the public, heralding the end of 60 years of patient care at Fisher Street.
Celebrating the move, Drs Duncan, Bumbra and Shinwari commented: “The building looks superb and we are thrilled to be moving into the new centre, which provides fantastic facilities within a modern building.
“This is a provision that local people desperately need and we are pleased to now be able to offer the local community an extended range of healthcare services.”
In 2010, more than 500 people signed a petition supporting the relocation of the existing Cannons Surgery to Ajax Way at Methil Docks.
Serious concerns about the old Victorian premises on Fisher Street included the lack of additional healthcare services, poor provision for the disabled and overcrowding.
Following a review by Fife Council, construction on the new 720 square-metre medical centre, which was undertaken by MedicX – a leading UK investor and developer of healthcare property – officially began in March this year.
Teething troubles, involving the provision of vital services, set the opening date back in recent weeks, but a handover finally took place on Monday.
In addition to an integrated Boots pharmacy, the new facility provides extended GP consulting and nurse treatment suites, minor operation and health education facilities as well as meeting and training rooms for the practice staff, and visiting clinicians.
Nigel Pashley, regional director of MedicX commented: “It has been a pleasure working with the GPs and local stakeholders in making this project a reality.
“There has been enthusiastic support from all sides of the community for this development, in the knowledge that the new medical centre will provide first-class healthcare facilities for Methil.
“We are confident the users of this new centre will be delighted with what has been achieved.”
Last month, members of the public had voiced safety concerns to the East Fife Mail concerning the pharmacy’s proximity to Levenmouth Childcare Centre’s playground and the fact it offered methadone services.
In response, Boots UK assured the public that “the safety of our patients and the local community is of the utmost importance, as is providing patient care to all.”