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Olympic athlete opens new surgery

PUBLISHED: 14:06 09 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:07 09 February 2015

Dr Ethan Harris-Faulkner, Olympic athlete Adam Gemili, Bexley Council leader Teresa O'Neill, Dr Howard Stoate and Dr Eleanor Jones outside the new Crayford Town Surgery

Dr Ethan Harris-Faulkner, Olympic athlete Adam Gemili, Bexley Council leader Teresa O'Neill, Dr Howard Stoate and Dr Eleanor Jones outside the new Crayford Town Surgery

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Seven years in a portable building come to an end

A GP surgery in Crayford has finally moved out of a mobile building and into a home of its own.

Olympic sprinter Adam Gemili opened Crayford Town Surgery’s new premises in the Town Hall on Wednesday, ending a seven-year stint in a portable building for the surgery, which serves around 7,230 patients.

As well as eight consulting rooms – five for GPs and three for nurses – there will be a room for treating minor injuries and rooms which are open to other people to use, for example community groups or councillors who wish to hold surgeries.

It marks a definite step up for the surgery, which was in temporary accommodation next to the town hall for four years, and spent three years next to Crayford Greyhound Track before that.

Mr Gemili, who competed in the 2012 Olympics, said: “As an athlete, managing my health is my top priority. And as a patient of the NHS, I know how important it is that we all have access to world-class care and facilities locally.

“I’m very honoured to officially open a local NHS service.”

Dr Ethan Harris-Faulkner, a partner at the surgery, said: “We would like to thank our patients for bearing with us over the years to get to this point.”

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