The GPs from Tonbridge Medical Group joined forces with developers Assura, contractor Jenner and architect Kevin Waters of Building Ideas to mark the start of the second phase of the project on River Lawn Road.
Built on the site of the former Teen and Twenty club, the new surgery will be large enough to accommodate all the doctors and patients at the Pembury Road and Higham Lane clinics, which have been deemed no longer fit for purpose.
‘By having the flexibility and space to bring new services into a new building, our team will be able to give our patients a much wider range of services all under one roof’
The centre will also incorporate minor surgery and a pharmacy, and have enough space to deliver clinical services like a wellbeing clinic. It will also be more accessible for people with disabilities.
Dr Tim Palmer, a senior partner at the Tonbridge Medical Group, said: “It’s so exciting to be at this point in the project.
“For years we have been making do without the space or layout we need in order to provide the very best care for our patients.
“By having the flexibility and space to bring new services into a new building, our team will be able to give our patients a much wider range of services all under one roof.”
Assura’s senior development manager, Jonathan Webb, added: “New buildings like this are about building for the future of NHS services near home – creating more pleasant places for patients to receive their care and modern workplaces for primary care teams.”