CREDIT: This story was originally seen on Gloucestershire Live
A surgery in Cheltenham has opened a second branch due to increasing patient demand
At a time when general practices are often closing quicker than new ones have a chance to open, a happier story has emerged – a successful GP surgery in Cheltenham has launched a second branch.
Now open to patients, Springbank Practice has moved its main surgery to Hester’s Way Healthy Living Centre while maintaining its other position at Springbank Way. This is due to an ever-expanding patient list which has spurred the organisation on to expand – and it plans to grow yet further.
Its senior partner, Dr Sanjay Shyamapant, said:
“This is really good news for our patients.
“The move and the extra space has given us greater scope to expand our services and help us to meet the health needs of a growing number of patients in the area.”
He thinks the expansion will be a boost to the development of those working at the practice.
“We were pleased to have received support from our Practice Participation Group for this change and are committed to a continuing presence at Springbank Community Resource Centre.”
It was, however, a consolidation of another practice which led to this change. St. Catherine’s Surgery previously held a position at the Health Living Centre, but applied to close that branch while maintaining its former practice at St. Paul’s Medical Centre. This application and Springbank’s application were both approved at a Primary Care Commissioning committee earlier this summer.
St Catherine’s senior partner, Dr Graham Wilson, said:
“[It] was the right decision for us at a time of consolidation for the practice.
“We are committed to providing excellent care for our patients and ensuring we have a strong, resilient and sustainable practice going forward.
“By locating all our services at our main surgery at St Paul’s Medical Centre, all members of the team can work closely together for the benefit of our 9,600 patients and it also means we are well placed to grow and meet future demands.
“There is a strong sense from our recent patient consultation that people understood the rationale for this decision and we remain committed to providing high quality care at St Paul’s for all our current patients.”
Springbank taking over the secondary location will mean more GP and nurse availability for the people of Cheltenham.