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Wolverton Health Centre opens after delay of almost three months

A new health centre which was delayed for almost three months has finally opened its doors.

The £2.3m Wolverton Health Centre in Milton Keynes was expected to take its first patients in November, but NHS England said "legal guidelines and building regulations" caused a delay.

It meant patients had to use the old centre, which had a leaking roof.

The new surgery was given the go-ahead in October 2012, following 11 years of campaigning.

Sarah Dockree, from Wolverton Patients Participation Group, said: "It is a lovely, spacious, brand new, airy building.

"All the GP and community services that were previously in the old building have moved over, but they have more space.

"Wolverton is a growing community. We have got lots of new houses that have gone up and more going up so we are growing population."

A spokesman for NHS England did not respond to a question from the BBC about the reason for the delays, but said: "We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to patients by the delays in building works but are pleased to note that the Wolverton Health Centre is now opening and that the practice is moving in."

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