The Partners at Bishop’s Waltham Doctors’ Surgery have been exploring opportunities to expand and modernise the Surgery for around ten years. Improved facilities are required to enable the Surgery to manage the rise in patient numbers and respond to changes in NHS working with the transfer of work from hospitals to the community. Patients have also expressed dissatisfaction regarding parking, access and the accommodation at the Surgery which has made the need to relocate even more urgent.
Click here to read the position statement from the Partners which explains the need for new and improved premises in more detail.
The Surgery’s very specific requirements have meant that it has not been possible to meet these aspirations, until now. The Abbey Mill site on Station Road has been identified as an ideal site for a bespoke new Surgery and Sainsbury’s has agreed that the new Surgery would be developed alongside the proposals for a new supermarket on the site.
The new Surgery, which would cost £1.6 million to build, would be owned by the Practice. It would be financed partly by the sale of the existing Surgery site, at Lower Lane, with the balance provided by Sainsbury’s who would build the surgery as part of their construction contract.
The brand new Surgery, which would be close to the town centre, would allow the doctors to host additional services and surgeries thereby significantly improving the provision of healthcare for all patients. From patient feedback people find it difficult to access the present Surgery. A new Surgery at the Abbey Mill site would have ample on-site parking that would be available for all patients to use.
The new purpose built premises would increase the operational capacity of the Practice and would also have:
• Improved opportunities for physiotherapy and other outpatient services
• Improved disability access including automatic doors
• A larger, modernised and more comfortable waiting area
• A bespoke internal layout which would allow the most effective and efficient use of space for patients and staff
• The ability to cope with further likely increases in patient numbers.
The planning application for the new Surgery has been submitted as part of Sainsbury’s planning application. A formal date for Winchester City Council’s Planning Development Control Committee to consider the planning application has not yet been given. This website will be updated once a date has been confirmed.
Should planning permission for the store and the Surgery be granted and the relocation plans go ahead, there would be no interruption to local healthcare as the existing Surgery would not close until the new premises are operational.