The merger of two Newbury surgeries to create a ‘super surgery’ will be completed over the weekend, almost two years after the plans were first put forward.
St Mary’s Road Surgery and Northcroft Surgery will combine to form the Strawberry Hill Medical Centre, which opens on Monday.
A planning application for the new centre, in Old Bath Road, was first submitted in July 2014, before being approved by West Berkshire Council in October that year.
Both Northcroft and St Mary’s Road surgeries will close this evening, with the new centre opening at 8am on Monday morning.
A statement from Northcroft Surgery said: “The GP partners from both practices feel that the best way to continue to offer our patients the same excellent care is to come together to pool our collective clinical skills and resources.
“The two practices have always worked closely together as a ‘buddy’ practice and a merger between the two gives us the opportunity to develop and expand the services we can offer.
“We are confident that the merger is a positive move for patients and staff and we are looking forward to working together.”
Around 20,000 residents will be registered at the new centre.
Patients who were registered at one of the original surgeries will remain with their current GP.
A statement from St Mary’s Road Surgery said: “The two practices are both committed to providing excellent patient care and wish to provide sustainable, future proof services fit for the 21st century.
“We are very much looking forward to working together in good quality new premises and believe this will give us the opportunity to explore and expand services in the future.”
The new centre will be open from 8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.