A GP practice in St Annes is to relocate to the local primary care centre in a move that will see more than 7,000 people benefit from services in a building fit for the future.

Poplar House Surgery has been based at its premises in St Annes Road East for more than 50 years. The building is outdated and in need of significant improvements to meet the needs of modern healthcare. 

On 10 May, the practice will move to the ground floor of St Annes Primary Care Centre, which is 0.3 miles away from its current premises, alongside the existing Parcliffe Medical Centre practice. Poplar House will operate as an individual practice and all patients will continue to see their existing GPs and other practice staff.

Work has been completed recently to increase the number of car parking spaces at St Annes Primary Care Centre in Durham Avenue. A disused section of the St Annes railway station platform has been bought by the landlord to provide additional parking at the primary care centre. There are also some minor internal alterations being carried out to provide appropriate space for the practice to see patients.

Dr Shahid Samad, senior partner at Poplar House, said: “We are delighted that we will soon be able to give our patients the care they need in a modern setting that is fit to provide services in the 21st century.

“Poplar House has served us well for many years but this opportunity to relocate is one we really cannot pass up.

“Our patients have told us overwhelmingly they want to move and we are delighted to have their support in this project.”

In 2016, Poplar House surveyed its patients to ask if they were in favour of a move to the primary care centre. All of the 1,196 responses were in favour.

Harry Ashworth, from building owners Rushcliffe St Annes PCCC Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring Poplar House Surgery into the medical centre as this will mean more local people receive their care in our state of the art building.”