New super surgery plans unveiled

Posted on June 8, 2009. Filed under: LIFT, Press/News Releases | Tags: |

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council | 10 February 2009

The information contained within this release was accurate at the time of writing, 10 February 2009.

Plans for a new purpose-built medical centre, pharmacy and church for residents in a town suburb go on display this week as the result of an innovative council scheme to invest in community facilities. 

The plans for the new centre were unveiled by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council which will be building the facilities on the existing St Andrew’s Church site in South Ham. 

The council is investing £3.2million to build a brand new doctor’s surgery with seven consulting rooms, a dental practice and pharmacy, all next door to a new Methodist church with meeting rooms for the whole community. 

The council has been working very closely with the Primary Care Trust, local doctors and residents to develop this proposal to replace the out-dated and cramped surgery at Paddock Road and its satellite surgery in Hatch Warren. 

Although the council is not responsible for health services, it is working in partnership with the Primary Care Trust to make this proposal a reality. The trust can fund the healthcare services but has not got the capital for the new building from which they will be delivered. So the council has stepped in and bought the land for the new building from the church. 

Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Performance Cllr James Lewin said: “We are using council money well to provide facilities that will bring a real benefit for the community. The new centre has the facilities to provide a 21st century service to people, and investing in this way will also bring in a satisfactory return on public money. It is a prudent use of council funds which will benefit everyone in Basingstoke.” 

The plans will be on display at the surgeries in Paddock Road, South Ham and Moorhams Avenue, Long Cross Lane, Hatch Warren until the end of the month. There will also be a two day event at St Andrews Church on the 21 and 22 February where residents will be able to view the proposals and leave their comments. The proposals will also be available online at the council’s website http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/go/yoursay

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