New build for St James Medical Practice celebrates progress as first roof tile installed

19th July 2023

St James’s Medical Practice celebrated progress today as the first roof tile was laid on its new medical centre in King’s Lynn.

The Rt Honourable Patricia Hewitt, Chair of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board, visited the site and signed the first roof tile in a ceremony that commemorates the installation of the roof on the new medical centre. The new building, which is being developed to provide state-of-the-art medical facilities, will have capacity to support the provision of Primary Care services to over 20,000 patients that will help to meet the high demand for healthcare services in and around King’s Lynn.

The signing and placement of the tile marks a significant milestone in the construction of the new facility. With the final roof works now underway and the superstructure and much of the external works in place, construction will next focus on all the final internal fit-out and installations. When completed in early 2024, the new medical centre will promote a huge improvement in the quality of the healthcare infrastructure in King’s Lynn.

Plans for the new build

The new state-of-the-art, modern building will see 11 new consulting rooms for both virtual and face to face consultations, 4 new treatment rooms, and a range of other specialist and multi-purpose rooms where multidisciplinary teams can provide a wide of health and care services and clinics.

St James Medical Practice staff, including 8 GPs and over 40 clinical and non-clinical staff, will deliver services from the new practice. Additional space within the new build will allow for more integrated working between healthcare and third sector providers to provide a wide range of health and wellbeing services to residents.

NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board, together with partners from the wider health and care system, have been instrumental in supporting this project.

Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt said: “I am so pleased to see the progress that’s been made so far on the new St James Medical Practice. This is a big investment in our community and will drive forward improvements in healthcare and general practice services in the wider King’s Lynn area. Having access to new, modern, facilities will be a real boost for staff and patients. It will help to ensure that more people from communities across West Norfolk are able to access high quality healthcare facilities and services that will help them to live healthy and well.”

A representative from St James’s Medical Practice spoke about the benefits of the new facility: “We are delighted with progress on the construction of our new medical centre. When completed, it will allow us to provide better care to our patients from modern, state-of-the-art facilities. Having purpose-built facilities will provide the space and amenities to offer our patients a wider range of services within a community setting.”