The George Moore Community Clinic was officially opened in Bourton-on-the-Water last week
L:R: Descendants of George Moore - Sally Morrow, Wendy Howson and Susan McCook-Weir unveiled the plaque
A HEALTH clinic in Bourton-on-the-Water was officially opened last week and residents celebrated being able to receive medical help close to home.
A plaque was unveiled last Friday, September 27 at the George Moore Community Clinic by the relatives of local benefactor George Moore.
Guests received a tour of the new medical facilities before the unveiling of the plaque. Speeches were made by chairman of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust Ingrid Barker and president of Moore Friends Philip Winter. A handcrafted statue of two Cotswold sheep made by local artist Karen Hilliard was also revealed outside the front of the building.
“We aim to bring care services to your home or as close as we can. Those who live in rural areas know how difficult it can be to get to the hospital,” said Ingrid Barker during her speech at the unveiling.
The clinic will see consultants from Gloucester and Cheltenham coming to visit patients both at the facility and at their homes if they have trouble getting out and about.
“The more we can do medically in rural areas, the more we relieve pressures from Gloucester and Cheltenham hospitals,” said Bourton ward at Cotswold District Council Sheila Jeffery. “There is so much medical work which can be done locally.”
There is currently no bus available for residents of Bourton if they wish to travel to Gloucester which makes the new clinic and the treatments it offers all the more valuable to locals. The nearest Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) for Bourton residents is North Cotswold Hospital.
The clinic, which opened back in May is based next to the former Moore Cottage Hospital on Moore Road.
A key name in Bourton-on-the-Water, George Moore contributed hugely to the village. As well as the health clinic, he also funded the cricket field and Victoria Hall. He died in 1927 but his name is still a well-known one in the village and his descendants, Sally Morrow, Wendy Howson and Susan McCook-Weir attended the opening ceremony and proudly unveiled the plaque.
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