£3.8m super-surgery given approval to support population growth

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Gloucestershire Live reports tens of thousands of patients will benefit from a new £3.8m surgery which has just been given the green light to cater for an influx of families moving into an area of Gloucester.

Planning permission has been granted for a new state of the art surgery development which will serve those living in and around Kingsway.

Rosebank Health, which already operates Rosebank Surgery, Stroud Road and Severnvale Surgery, Quedgeley will run the new facility which will be able to cater for around 13,000 patients.

It’s anticipated that Rosebank Health’s total number of patients will rise up to 30,000 over the next few years as more housing is built.

Funding has already been approved for the surgery which NHS chiefs say will significantly improve access to GP services for the local population when it opens in Autumn 2018.

The new building, which will take around 12 months to complete, will be built to modern, state-of-the-art specifications, and will include ten consulting rooms alongside four rooms which can be used flexibly for treatments and minor operations. It will also include a reception and administration areas, as well as an on-site pharmacy.

Wyndham Parry, practice manager at Rosebank Health, said: “With several new housing developments anticipated in the area over the next few years and a growing population, the new surgery, will be ideally located to provide primary care services for the local area for years to come. It will be very closely linked to the existing Rosebank Health Surgeries to ensure the right support and services are in place.

“Our ambition is to create an attractive, modern, light and airy building which will be welcoming to both patients and staff and we will be excited to see this progress over the coming months.”

Rosebank Health has seven GP partners and employs 65 clinical and support staff. Patients will be able to be seen at all the three surgeries they run.

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Senior partner, Dr Jon Unwin, said: “We are really pleased and excited that our plans for a new, contemporary surgery are coming to fruition. We look forward to all our patients, both old and new, benefitting from this new development.”

The development also includes training and meeting rooms which will allow other health and social care professionals and specialists to provide services for the local people.

Rosebank Health say now planning permission has been granted, they want to move quickly and anticipate that the building will be available for use from autumn 2018.

Property advisers at GVA, who have already provided architectural, site purchase and planning services unveiled their designs to residents at a drop-in consultation event at the Kingsway Sports Pavilion in May 2016.

Richard Taylor, Senior Director at GVA commented: “We’re delighted that the next step in the progress of this development has been achieved with the granting of planning consent. We’ve been working closely with the GPs to bring their vision to fruition.”

Director of primary care at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Helen Goodey said: “The CCG has ambitious and exciting plans to improve and expand practices across Gloucestershire, and this development is really positive news for the local area. The new premises will mean that patients can benefit from facilities that are fit for modern healthcare and will support the provision of high quality care.

“The new surgery will also offer an attractive work environment for GPs and other members of the practice team.”

Architectural proposals were shared with local residents in May 2016 at a drop-in consultation event at the kingsway sports pavilion, which was also attended by GPs and practice team staff.

The CCG has already approved the development and provided the required funding.