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Independents' Day

The long and winding road leads to GPs' new surgery

Dr David Wearden's practice is

treating patients in a new mobile surgery.

The custom-built vehicle, driven by the GPs using their standard driving licence, contains air-conditioned waiting and consulting rooms.

It is fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act as it has a disabled access lift, and replaces the practice's previous use of various non-compliant branch surgeries, one of which was in a private house.

The vehicle has cost £100,000 and will cost around £13,500 a year to

run, but this is cost-neutral to the practice in Bude, Cornwall. The primary care trust, Health Action Zone, the Countryside Alliance and Cornwall county council have all contributed funds.

'At 24ft long and 7ft wide it takes a bit of getting used to along the local lanes,' Dr Wearden said. 'But we can now do a lot more quality and diagnostic work.'

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