Work begins on long-awaited surgery

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WORK has finally begun on a £2 million state of the art medical centre which will replace The Cannons surgery’s Victorian premises in Methil.

The start of construction has followed a long campaign to move out of the outdated premises on Fisher Street to a modern facility in Methil Docks, plus further delays after permission was secured.

A sod cutting ceremony planned for February 29 will officially mark the beginning of construction.

Developers of the centre, MedicX, hope the project will be completed in autumn, allowing the surgery to open later this year.

The facility will provide extended GP consulting and nurse treatment suites, minor ops and health education facilities, as well as meeting and training rooms for staff and an on-site pharmacy.

Doctors Janice Duncan and Jasbir Bumbra said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be on site at long last and are looking forward to moving into our new premises in autumn 2012. “The new premises will provide a much-needed purpose-built facility for our patients and give staff a modern health centre to work in.

“The partners would like to thank patients, staff, local councillors, the East Fife Mail and Jim and Nigel from MedicX for all their help and support over the past three years.”

The plan to relocate the surgery to Methil Docks faced opposition over concerns about the accessibility of the new site and because the application did not follow council regulations on industrial land use.

But a petition with more than 2600 signatures demonstrated local support.