Solihull surgeries size up thanks to bank support

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Two Solihull-based GP surgeries have moved into a larger modern medical centre, increasing capacity and introducing more services, with the support of a £4.6million funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Green Lane Surgery and Arran Medical Centre have upgraded to a newly-developed 1,360 sqm premises on Burtons Way. The expansion will help meet increased healthcare demands in the local area.

The £4.6million funding, which is part of a wider commitment from Lloyds Bank to lend £2.5billion to businesses across the Midlands this year, was used to build the new medical centre complete with eight GP consulting rooms, three further healthcare assistant rooms and four treatment rooms.

The new premises, which is also home to other healthcare tenants including physiotherapy, midwifery and a dentist, has enabled the surgeries to increase their capacity and offer patients a new service with the addition of a minor surgery room.

Green Lane Surgery and Arran Medical Centre employ three and two doctors respectively and although they are currently operating independently from one another and have separate patient databases, they have plans to take a more collaborative approach in the future.

Dr Lekha Thomas, lead GP at Green Lane Surgery, said: “This is an exciting new chapter for Green Lane Surgery and Arran Medical Centre as we settle into our upgraded modern premises. A larger medical centre is needed to keep pace with wider investment in our local infrastructure. The area is thriving thanks to the recent addition of a new school and a convenience store, and now residents can access state-of-the-art medical facilities, too.

“The healthcare expertise of the Lloyds Bank team was second to none. Its in-depth understanding of our sector meant they were able to be by our side throughout this process and provide a funding package to suit both of our needs. The larger premises means we’ll be on hand to deal with increased patient numbers whilst continuing to deliver a high standard of patient care.”

Jon Saltinstall, senior healthcare banking consultant at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “Our latest Healthcare Confidence Index shows that GP’s confidence is at an all-time high. It’s great to see local providers such as Green Lane Surgery and Arran Medical Centre reflecting this trend through the recent expansion.

“No matter what the rest of this year and beyond has in store, we’ll be standing firmly by the side of businesses to provide specialist support from our expert healthcare team. As part of our commitment to helping Britain