First glimpse of new-look GP surgery is revealed
PUBLISHED: 11:28 30 June 2011
PLANS for a new two-storey, 'high-quality' surgery in Langford have been submitted to North Somerset Council.
Partners at the Wrington Vale Medical Practice, which has surgeries in Churchill and Wrington, aim to close both existing buildings and open a much larger, contemporary facility.
If approved by the unitary authority, building work, which is expected to take one year, will begin this autumn.
Practice manager, Jose Tarnowski, said: “It’s excellent news for all our patients that our project is moving forward.
“All the doctors, nurses and other members of our team are looking forward to being able to provide our patients with a more efficient service.
“We will have a wider range of services in facilities that will deliver a much improved experience for patients.
“We’re committed to continuing to deliver high-quality, personalised care for the patients of the Wrington Vale area for many years to come, whatever the reformed NHS might throw at us, and that has always been the key driver behind this project.”
The first-floor plans include nine GP consulting rooms, two nurse consulting rooms and two treatment rooms.
There will be improved waiting and public areas, a children’s play area and a much larger and improved dispensary with its own reception and waiting area.
Upstairs there will be additional consulting room space, including areas for visiting professionals such as consultants, podiatrists and osteopaths.
Ms Tarnowski said the new facility will also allow the training of more doctors and nurses.
The surgery has faced major opposition in the past from members of Save Our Surgery (SOS), who have been battling to keep the rural practices in Wrington and Churchill.
SOS protestors posted signs all over the villages and took part in marches to stop the move, but the Primary Care Trust approved the surgery’s final business case late last year.
n The Mercury is today able to offer a sneak glimpse of plans which have not yet appeared on the council’s website. What do you think of the design? Log onto www.westonmercury.co.uk and let us know.