A neighbourhood surgery is to re-open more than a year after its roof was badly damaged during a storm.
The Leacroft Medical Practice, in Langley Drive, fell foul of the storm on December 23 2013 which saw parts of its flat roof torn off.
Thirteen months later, doctors and staff are preparing to open the doors to patients once again – and everything is expected to be up and running on Monday January 26.
Dr Haidar Saad said: “The staff and patients are delighted to return back to their surgery. It will have a positive impact on staff and patients alike.”
While sharing Dr Saad’s delight, Dr Amit Bhargava, clinical chief officer at the Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) criticised the length of time taken to complete the repair work.
He said: “I feel the staff and patients of Leacroft Surgery have shown remarkable resilience, good humour and good will during these very hard times.
“I feel much less charitable for the organisations that let this delay happen.
“We know that the work could and should have been completed sooner.”
Dr Bhargava added: “The patients have been significantly inconvenienced by the prolonged time it has taken for the repairs to be initiated, completed and the surgery become fit for purpose.
“During this time they have had to receive their GP services from quite cramped and inadequate premises, which has also negatively affected the doctors, nurses and practice staff.”
The practice has been running out of Cross Keys House, in the town centre, but will begin moving back to its home from January 22.
Pat Champion, of the Leacroft Support Group, explained what would happen between the 22nd and the re-oping on the 26th.
Emergency clinic will be held at Cross Keys on January 21 but there will be no surgery on January 22 – patients are requested to use the Out Of Hours service by calling 111.
On January 23, there will be emergency clinic only at Leacroft while normal service will resume on January 26.
The telephone number to contact the surgery once back at Langley Green will be 01293 574747.