Oxford University's new public health centre opens

A new health centre that will serve an estimated 20,000 patients has opened in Oxford.

The New Radcliffe House is part of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter redevelopment in the centre of the city.

The new building houses three Jericho-based GP practices.

Dr Judith Bogdanor, from one of the surgeries, said: "Doctors will be able to practise the highest standards of medicine in these modern facilities."

This 10-acre Radcliffe Observatory Quarter is being developed by Oxford University at a cost of around £160m.

It is flanked by Woodstock Road, Somerville College, Walton Street, Observatory Street and Green Templeton College.

The area houses student accommodation and the university's new Mathematical Institute, which is due to be completed in 2013.

Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, said: 'We are proud that Oxford University has been able to make such a meaningful contribution to the local community and it is great that so many patients will directly benefit from the new arrangements for these three GP practices.

"We believe the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter is not just for university members, but the whole of Oxford."

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