Bupa in Crossrail Place has opened a centre in Canary Wharf the size of three tennis courts.
Centre manager Lee Martin took us round the facility to show us what’s on offer.
Lee, who has been with Bupa for three years and was previously manager at its Marsh Wall branch, said: “I think the biggest thing we want to get across is that we are trying to make it as easy as possible for people to visit around their work life.
“We know people work long hours in Canary Wharf and can often be in very early or very late to fit in with international markets. They need somewhere that offers flexibility.”
One type of service Lee said the team was keen to push were the health assessments, starting with the essential package for £470.
He said: “Prevention is key in healthcare. The best way I think to look at it is you take your car for an MOT each year, so why don’t you do that for yourself? Unfortunately, or fortunately you could say, we do find things in these assessments so it is important.”
However, in a competitive work environment like Canary Wharf it seems some people take on the assessments as challenges.
Lee said: “It is funny, we do get a lot of people coming in and comparing their scores to their colleagues and getting really competitive about it.”
Advanced packages and ones focusing on female health are also on offer, with prices on request.
The centre offers a range of services including GP appointments, starting at £70, dental assessments at £59 and emergency appointments at £55.
Travel vaccinations can also be booked on Tuesday and Fridays.
Five things you may want to know about the new Canary Wharf Bupa
1. You don’t have to be a member to get an appointment Anyone can walk in off the street.
2. It’s huge. It has eight dental suites and 17 consultation rooms arranged over 8,000sq ft of space, which cost £3million to fit out.
3. Longer opening hours. The centre opens between 7am and 8pm Monday to Friday and 7am and 4pm Saturday an Sunday.
4. A range of services are offered including preventative measures through health assessments, cosmetic dentistry work and physiotherapy.
5. There are around 42 staff on duty each day to allow people to book their GP appointments on the day they ring up.