Old Bank Surgery relocated to new premises at 18 Ballymoney Road, Ballymena in November 2020. The Practice, which purchased the new premises, received £320k funding from the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) to undertake significant refurbishment works and a small extension to bring the building into use as a fit-for-purpose GP Surgery.
The new building, which has increased the surgery’s footprint by 60% includes 8 consultation, treatment and interview rooms alongside a spacious reception area, staff office, seminar space and improved car parking. The move to the new surgery has allowed the Practice to now offer enhanced access to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) counselling, practice based pharmacists and minor surgery to its patients. The Practice will now be able to participate more fully in GP and Physician’s Associate training for which there is a significant demand in Northern Ireland.
The Practice has said “We are delighted to be moved into our new premises with plenty of space, fresh and bright interior making it a much more pleasant environment to work in for the staff
and for the patients coming into the building. Patients have parking facilities at the rear of the building with easy access to the surgery. We now have the ability to run our Flu clinics and Covid clinics at the surgery to protect our elderly and most vulnerable patients. We would like to thank the Health and Social Care Board for the funding to be able to achieve this beautiful building. Our patients are delighted with the new surgery”
Elaine Hunter, Programme Director, Primary Care Infrastructure at the HSCB visited the new premises in January 2022 stating: ‘This project is part of a focused effort by the HSCB to invest in primary care premises, with the aim of increasing capacity to meet the ever growing demand for services. I was delighted to be able to visit the new premises and hear the positive feedback from the practice staff’