Blacon church gives local GPs a home Aug 2013


undefinedA church in a Chester suburb has provided accommodation for a doctors' surgery in its church hall. Holy Trinity Church, Blacon, is next to an area about to start a big �19 million redevelopment. As part of that project, the local Elms GP surgery found their clinic would be demolished some 18 months before the building of their new one would be complete.

So Holy Trinity stepped in and offered the GPs use of part of the church hall for rent. Alterations have now been made, and two clinical rooms and a reception have been created.

The main part of the hall remains as it was, and all the usual church and other activities (such as the community lunch, and the meeting space for uniformed organisations) will continue to use the building as before.

The first clinics were held on Wednesday 28 August, and the doctors have expressed great pleasure at the quality of the rooms that have been created.

The Revd Tina Upton, Rector of Holy Trinity, says: “We are delighted to be able to use our building to help the community in this way. Now we look forward to the long-awaited redevelopment to transform this part of Blacon. At the same time we hope as a church to play our part in a spiritual transformation of the area.”

Pictured above (L to R) at the newly-opened GP centre in the church hall – Dr Ann McNutt, receptionist Margy Hughes and Rector Tina Upton