Work begins on Ridings surgery

New start: From left: Mark Hickey, contractor Ultimate Solutions; Mark Sheerin, Assura Leeds; NHS Calderdale chairwoman Angela Monaghan; Dr Vikki O'Dell, Meadow Dale Group Practice GP; and Coun Bryan Smith, project board member.

New start: From left: Mark Hickey, contractor Ultimate Solutions; Mark Sheerin, Assura Leeds; NHS Calderdale chairwoman Angela Monaghan; Dr Vikki O'Dell, Meadow Dale Group Practice GP; and Coun Bryan Smith, project board member.

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WORK has begun to transform part of the former Ridings School into a health centre.

The new GPs’ surgery is planned to open on March 15 and marks a new beginning for the Ovenden school, which closed in 2009.

Ambitious plans will see a range of private, public and voluntary sector groups moving in. Discussions are still taking place who that will be.

But NHS Calderdale has leased part of the school for a new GP surgery called Meadow Dale Group Practice, Nursery Lane.

It is the fourth of five practices to be opened in Calderdale after it was identified by the Department of Health in 2008 as one of the ‘least well’ served districts for GPs in the country.

Calder Community Practice in Todmorden, Park Community Practice in West Central Halifax and Meadow Dale Group Practice in Rosemount House, Elland, have already opened.

Another Meadow Dale Group Practice – which are run by Assura Leeds LLP – will open in Sowerby Bridge in July.

NHS Calderdale chairwoman Angela Monaghan said: “The new practice based at The Ridings will ease the pressure on existing GP practices and increase the choice for patients.”