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Far and wide Inside one of the country's biggest GP surgery extensions

Five new patient consulting rooms, a minor operations suite, a conference room for training, improved reception, waiting and admin areas.

Not easy to come by when you're a GP surgery in South London. But essential for a practice looking to offer seven day access to primary care, collaborative working with other local practices and providers across health and social care as a hub for seamless integrated care, as well as providing social prescribing and supporting self-care.

That's why Wide Way Medical Centre in Merton joined forces with its building owners Assura and NHS England's London Improvement Grant Fund to launch one of the biggest improvement projects ever completed for a GP surgery
"This is the culmination of years of planning and cooperation to give us this space we need to continue providing primary care to our patients without having to close lists. This extension will also take our services into the future of primary care, allowing us to deliver care closer to home for thousands more patients in Merton" Managing Partner, Mariam Ganesartnam

The huge scheme gave the surgery almost 200m2 of extra space to serve nearly 9,000 patients: "It will enhance patient care and experience as well as making it easier to see a healthcare professional locally," says Dr Karen Worthington, Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) East Merton Locally Lead and Clinical Director.

Opened by Siobhain McDonaugh MP, in 2017.

Many GP surgeries are struggling for space and finding solutions for them is going to be critical. Wide Way Medical Centre has blazed the trail.