A Manchester United football legend helped ‘turn the first sod’ at his local doctor’s surgery as work began on a £1m extension.
Former goalkeeper Alex Stepney, who played 539 times for the Red Devils between 1966 and 1978, was present as bosses at Over Wyre Medical Centre started the long-awaited work to expand the practice.
I am proud to live in Over Wyre and to be a patient at a practice which is very much at the heart of our local community
Mr Stepney, 73, who played a starring role in United’s 1968 European Cup Final win, joined practice manager John Macphee, senior partner Dr Stephen Lynch, and patient participation group chair Ian Gibson at an official ground- breaking ceremony on Wednesday.
He said: “I was delighted to be asked to come along and help out at this ceremony.
“I am proud to live in Over Wyre and to be a patient at a practice which is very much at the heart of our local community.
“It is great to know the NHS is supporting the practice in this way.
“Having been told all about the new services that will be available following this work, it will be a massive benefit for people in this area.”
The practice, in Wilkinson Way, Preesall, secured about £650,000 from NHS England to carry out the work, with the rest being funded by the medical centre itself.
The work will see the creation of additional consulting rooms, a library and meeting room.
The dispensary will be extended and improvements made to other clinical support rooms and offices.