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Patients benefit from £600,000 investment in Toome Surgery

Health Minister Robin Swann pictured at the opening of the newly renovated Toome Surgery with Dr Amanda Watterson and Dr Adrian Johnston

Health Minister Robin Swann pictured at the opening of the newly renovated Toome Surgery with Dr Amanda Watterson and Dr Adrian Johnston.


Health Minister Robin Swann has officially opened a newly renovated GP practice in County Antrim, following a £600,000 investment from the Department of Health.


The capital funding enabled the surgery to create an additional GP consulting room, enhance staff facilities, and has provided the practice with adequate space to support the rollout of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) model in the future.



Health Minister Robin Swann said:


“I was very pleased to join the team at Toome Surgery to officially mark the opening of their newly renovated premises. I have no doubt that the practice’s 4,000 patients will greatly benefit from the newly enhanced facilities.


“My Department fully recognises the importance of providing capital investment for primary care premises, thereby supporting GPs to continue to provide high quality care to the local population, now and in the future.



“Since the launch of the Primary Care Infrastructure Development scheme in 2018/19, the Department has invested £33million capital in similar developments across Trust, GP and third party owned premises.”


Health Minister Robin Swann cutting the ribbon at the opening of the newly renovated Toome Surgery.

Health Minister Robin Swann cutting the ribbon at the opening of the newly renovated Toome Surgery.


The Minister added:


“The reconfiguration works at Toome Surgery also paves the way for the practice to roll out the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) model in time. While it is clear that the MDT model has the ability to transform primary care as we know it, the pace at which we can move forward is dependent on the availability of the necessary recurrent funding. However this is something that I will continue to advocate for.”


The MDT model involves specialist staff such as physiotherapists, mental health and social workers working alongside GPs and practice staff and will mean patients can see different specialists within the GP practice, reducing the need for referrals and appointments elsewhere.



Minister Swann concluded:


“I want to thank Drs Johnston and Watterson and the team at Toome Surgery for making this project such a success and for their tireless dedication to their patients.”


Dr Adrian Johnston, a GP in the practice, said:


“We are delighted with the investment from the Department of Health and our landlords, Tidal. This will allow us to provide improved facilities for our growing patient population and we look forward to accommodating MDT staff in Toome Surgery.”



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