THE CHAIRMAN of Whitchurch Patients Group has welcomed more positive news regarding the future of medical provision in the town after it was revealed a ‘Super Surgery’ could be in place by 2019.
Peggy Mullock, who is also a Shropshire councillor and chairman of the Whitchurch and Prees Local Joint Committee (LJC), was present when the news was delivered to those who attended the LJC last week.
Peter James, who is part of a group working with doctors and patients, as well as Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS England, to deliver the new surgery – which would combine Claypit Street, Bridgewater and Dodington practices – said they were around a third of the way there in funding, with £1 million raised.
Mrs Mullock admitted hearing the update was important for her and for those who attended and insists the patient group will be on hand to lend any help needed.
“It was good to hear our doctors are working hard to resolve the needs of our medical problems in the future,” she said.
“People were becoming very concerned about their healthcare.
“As our town grows we need to be working together to ensure we have all the services in place to allow us to thrive. A fully operational Medical Centre will be a good start to fulfilling one of the needs from your Town Plan.
“While we are still not getting ahead of ourselves, this bit of positive news is something we can celebrate.”
Mr James attended the meeting at Higher Heath Village Hall last Wednesday and spoke to about 30 residents.
He was full of praise for Shropshire CCG and the council, and believes NHS England is slowly coming around to the need for urgency regarding funding.
He told the meeting: “Work has been extensive. Shropdoc is nine months into a 36-month contract but that’s on an 18-month review. That’s still ongoing.
“Part of the issue is what type of contract the CCG awards the doctors, but our group is trying to find new premises. Bridgewater and Dodington are both full – you can’t squeeze more in.
“We had a business plan and we bid for £2.789 million for a new build. The group won £1m but NHS England said a business plan needs to be precise with everything detailed. The group is working hard to secure private funding. We are happy to accept donations and partners.
“We are confident it is going ahead and are looking at May/June 2019 for a three surgery health centre but we can’t reveal the location.”
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