August 28, 2019 4.01 pm This story is over 56 months old

Work starts on new £21m Lincoln medical school

This will help tackle a staff shortage in the region

Work has started on a new £21 million medical school at the University of Lincoln, which will be the first of its kind in Lincolnshire when it opens in 2021.

Construction workers have started to level out the field ready for the main body of work, which is due to start later this year around October 2019.

A notice on a perimeter fence warns that up until September 13 there will be a “significant increase in traffic” to allow for excavated materials to be removed from the site.

They are leveling off the field. Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

Designs: UoL

The University of Lincoln previously said that it hopes that the construction of a new school will mean that students will stay on as doctors in the county.

Government funding will help provide five-year medical degrees to 80 students each year, with the first cohort starting in September 2019 in existing buildings on campus.

Training will include placements within local hospitals and will have a particular focus on primary care such as GP care and mental health work.

Initially run as a partnership with the University of Nottingham, the school will eventually become the sole responsibility of the University of Lincoln.

The five-storeys tall medical school will be built next to the existing science laboratories, the Janet Lane-Claypon Building, and opposite the university’s Isaac Newton Building.