The Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Professor Andrew Hamilton, has officially opened New Radcliffe House, formerly known as the Jericho Health Centre, in Oxford.
The centre provides a new home with modern facilities to three GP surgeries which were previously housed on the opposite side of Walton Street.
The Jericho-based GP practices of Dr Bogdanor and Partners, Dr Chivers and Partners, and Dr Kearley and Partners have already moved into the building, and the first of the 20,000 Oxfordshire patients who will be served by the new building have already started to use the health centre.
These surgeries will be supported by services including training and education, visiting consultants and approved complementary health services. Nursing services will also be accommodated.
The Department for Primary Care Health Sciences is also already housed in the new building and staff from Oxford University Press will move in at the end of July.
Dr Judith Bogdanor said: 'The new Jericho Health Centre enables the GPs to practice 21st century medicine in a spacious, architect-designed, exciting new building. The doctors will be able to practice the highest standards of medicine in these modern facilities.'
Oxford's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, 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.'
The building has pedestrian access from Walton Street and is opposite the entrances to Cardigan Street and Jericho Street.
Elsewhere on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, building work is on track. The Somerville College accommodation buildings have been occupied by students since October 2011, the refurbished Radcliffe Infirmary, to be known as Radcliffe Humanities, will open later this year and the new Mathematical Institute is scheduled for completion in 2013.