Work on £1.8m Sedbergh health centre gets under way

Work is about to begin on a purpose-built health centre for a Cumbria town.

The £1.8m facility on the site of the former auction mart in Sedbergh will replace the Loftus Hill practice, which has outgrown its current building.

Planning permission has also been granted for a supermarket on the other half of the site.

Doctors from the Loftus Hill practice will carry out a turf-cutting ceremony later, and the centre is expected to open in 2012.

The new health centre will include consulting and treatment rooms, a training and research suite, a dispensary, and dedicated space for medical services to the local school.

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