Elderly users may be forced to vacate for £1m Kingston ‘super-surgery’

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Polyclinics | Tags: |

Surrey Comet | Mike Didymus | NHS Kingston | 14 August 2009

Elderly users of two popular day centres in Cocks Crescent, New Malden, could be forced to make way for a £1m “super-surgery”, if Kingston health chiefs have their way.

Users of the Crescent and Causeway resource centres, which provide services for people with learning and physical disabilities, have long feared they will be turfed out of the prime town centre site to make way for new housing and office developments.

Kingston Council spokesman told the Surrey Comet two weeks ago it had made no approaches, or sought expressions of interest, from potential development partners since the new development brief for the site was adopted in January.

But Kingston NHS (KNHS) announced on August 11 it was considering building a £1m polyclinic on the site, allowing patients to visit their GP, dentist and other health professionals under one roof.

KNHS said it could save £1.3m by opening the polyclinic, which it hoped would be completed between 2010 and 2011, as fewer people would need to travel to Kingston Hospital for treatment.

The development would be funded by selling off unwanted land and property around Surbiton Hospital – the council’s favoured site for constructing one of two badly needed new primary school in the borough.

Council Leader Derek Osbourne, who is also a KNHS board member, said: “We have got two facilities in one building for people with physical disabilities and adults with learning disabilities.

“It is an older, tired building that needs greater investment to produce better services, but it is an ideal location for a polyclinic.”

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