Medical centre extension unveiled by health board

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EXTENSION work worth nearly £500,000 has been completed at a Midlothian medical centre.

The two purpose-built consultation rooms at Penicuik Medical Practice were officially unveiled by NHS Lothian chairman Dr Charles Winstanley, while work has also taken place on a room for minor surgery and a revamped reception area.

It is the latest investment made in the area by the health board, which opened a new community hospital in Dalkeith last year. By creating a resource for minor surgery, health chiefs said it would save some patients having to travel into Edinburgh for certain procedures.

Dr Winstanley said: “This is a significant investment in GP services in Penicuik. It demonstrates our commitment to providing modern, high- quality accommodation which will continue to provide patient-centred, high quality facilities for the area’s expanding population.”