Wide Way medical centre in Mitcham has a new-look following its £1million transformation extension.

The extension one of the biggest for an existing primary care building sees five new consultation rooms, a minor operations suite, a conference room, improved reception and waiting and admin areas.

The official opening of the centre was on March 9 and opened by MP Siobhain McDonagh.

With investment from NHS England’s London Improvement Grant Fund and from Assura the building's owners the project has given the surgery extra space to serve nearly 9,000 patients.

Assura’s Portfolio Manager, Lisa Grierson said: “This is probably the biggest expansion project we’ve ever delivered for an existing GP surgery.

“To be able to add so much space to a site that was quite literally busting at the seams is so exciting and when you add the fact that we all managed to work together so the practice could ensure business as usual around the build, we think everyone involved should feel very proud.”

Managing Partner Mariam Ganesaratnam said: “This is the culmination of years of planning and cooperation to give us the 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.”

Head of Primary Care for NHS England in South London, William Cunningham-Davis said: “This is a great example of the London Improvement Grant funding in action, helping a practice create the extra space it needs right now.

“We’ve seen huge demand for this funding from practices right across the capital and look forward to seeing Wide Way’s expansion in action.”

Dr Karen Worthington, Merton Clinical Commissioning Group East Merton Locality Lead & Clinical Director said: “We welcome this expansion at Wide Way which is part of a range of proposals to improve health services for Merton residents.”

Plans for the development were drawn up by West Hart Partnership and the build was led by Paramount South East.

The centre will now allow seven day extended access to primary care, working collaboratively and in partnership with local practices and providers across health and social care as a hub.