Blackpool GP surgery's set to train students

An expanded doctors' surgery has been relaunched after a major revamp.

Thursday, 21st September 2017, 11:26 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 11:38 am
Staff at the revamped Abbey-Dale Medical Centre

Abbey-Dale Medical Centre, on Common Edge Road, was officially reopened by one of its longest standing patients, retired Blackpool GP Dr George Dale.

The work at the surgery, which started in June 2016, means it will now be able to help train new doctors – as well as cope with increased demand as more people move into the area.

Senior partner at Abbey-Dale Dr John Poyner said: “The new centre is providing better, upgraded clinical facilities to provide excellent care for our patients.

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Drs George Dale and Ghulam Abbas at the opening

“It meets the latest Care Quality Commission requirements and it has better access for the disabled.”

He said the surgery now had the capacity to take on more patients as several nearby developments – including the work to build more than 400 homes off Progress Way –bring more people to Marton.

Dr Poyner added: “We are also planning, because we have got more rooms, to start to train medical students.”

He said he had been approached by UCLan about linking up with their medical programme.

Practice manager Janine Deakin inside the building

Building work at the medical centre went on for months, finishing in March, but the surgery remained open to patients throughout.

Abbey-Dale took over the Vicarage Lane Surgery in 2014 before it was closed in January this year and its patients transferred to the Common Edge Road site.

Familiar face

Dr George Dale, who lent his name to the Abbey-Dale Medical Centre, on Common Edge Road, returned to relaunch the facility he opened in 1994.

Drs George Dale and Ghulam Abbas at the opening

He is the father-in-law of Dr Ghulam Abbas, who set the surgery up from scratch in 1985, with no registered patients.

Dr Dale, 95, who retired as a GP in 1983, is now among thousands of patients on the books at the practice.

He started practising in 1951, working from a surgery on Glastonbury Avenue and later as a clinical assistant in the dermatology department.

Practice manager Janine Deakin inside the building