Wanstead and Woodford lined up for new super-surgeries

Posted on December 9, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Polyclinics | Tags: |

Guardian Series | By James Ranger | 9 December 2009

AFTER months of speculation, health bosses have finally revealed a choice of two sites where they want to put Wanstead and Woodford’s first super-surgery.

The sites identified for the polyclinic, where most GPs will be expected to move, are at the existing South Woodford Health Centre on the High Road or the site of the former Wanstead Hospital on Hermon Hill.

Polyclinics are to open across the UK to ease pressure on Accident and Emergency wards and offer a range of medical specialisms, GP services, and minor operations.

London’s first super-clinic opened earlier this year in Loxford but neighbours of the two proposed sites are worried about the impact they could have on an already congested area.

Denise Coe, 63, of Derby Road, drives past the health centre on her commute to work. She said: “I think the polyclinic would be a good idea, but I’m sure it would make the traffic even worse.

“Another thing they would have to improve is the parking, possibly making the car park at the back bigger. At the moment, if you want to use it you have to get down there at about 7.30 in the morning.”

Barry van Loen lives in Tempus Court, next door to South Woodford Health Centre, and represents the residents’ association.

He said: “It all depends on how busy its going to be. My wife did a survey and she voted against it, because obviously it will increase traffic around here.

“If the other site is Wanstead hospital, then surely that would be much better as its bigger and more set up to deal with parking?”

Residents can get involved in the discussions over the location of the polyclinic by volunteering to sit on the NHS Redbridge’s community panel.

For more information call Amy Burgess for details on 8926 5048.

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