COMMERCIAL: A new GP practice, run by Assura Leeds LLP, has opened in Calderdale.

Meadow Dale Group Practice in Sowerby was formally opened this week.

It is part of a nationally funded programme to open five new practices in the borough. Calder Community Practice in Todmorden and Park Community Practice in West Central Halifax were opened as part of phase one of the programme in 2009.

It followed Calderdale being identified by the Department of Health as one of the least well served districts for GPs. During 2009 NHS Calderdale ran a large scale consultation called ‘Practice Plus’.

NHS Calderdale chair Angela Monaghan said: “We welcome the opening of this new practice and the increase in choice it will provide for patients locally. We are committed to continually improving primary care services across Calderdale, which we know will improve the health and wellbeing of people across the district.”