Have your say on plans for new Spilsby surgery

A consultation has begun on plans for a new surgery in Skegness.

Spilsby Surgery.

The plans are part of an integral part of a proposed development of 600 new homes in the town..

Practice manager Jason Longstaff says it is essential to seize the opportunity to serve a growing local population.

“We are very keen to hear the views of the community on our proposal to relocate from Simpson Street, and to realise our long-held ambition to provide more care, closer to home,” he explained.

“It is essential we seize the opportunity to move to serve a growing local population, create modern flexible clinic space, host new primary care services, and train tomorrow’s nurses and doctors.”

Spilsby Surgery is putting forward plans to relocate from Simpson Street in the town to a new-build GP surgery, as an integral part of a major housing development proposal. It launched a 12-week public consultation on its plans on Monday 18 January 2021.

The need driving the Surgery’s consultation is that the current premises do not provide the capacity or quality environment required by patients and staff. The Simpson Street site is unable to house a growing number of services that the Surgery wants to see delivered for patients locally by the practice and its Primary Care Network partners.

The new housing development is proposed at the eastern boundary of Spilsby, between Ashby Road and Halton Road.

Relocation could allow the Surgery to provide additional primary care services, including local Extended Access appointments outside usual GP opening hours, and to work more closely with the local Integrated Neighbourhood Team.

“Patient care is at the centre of everything we do. Our community’s views on the healthcare it needs are key in progressing our plans. To support the consultation, we propose to run online events enabling patients to see and hear in more detail what moving to a new development would enable us to do, to provide the opportunity to ask questions, and to share any concerns they may have”, adds Dr Stephen Savory, GP Partner.

The Surgery’s healthcare consultation is separate to the new housing development planning consultation.

The GP practice’s public consultation commenced on Monday and will run for 12 weeks. Patients are able to view details and complete a survey on the practice’s website spilsbysurgery.co.uk/newsurgery or by collecting a paper copy from the Surgery. Completed surveys should be returned to the practice by April 11. Details of the online events will be published shortly.

Dr Savory said: “This is a once in a generation opportunity for us build for the future. We encourage our patients to join an online event and give their feedback."