Plans for vital new doctor’s surgery unveiled

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 March 2018

An artist's impression of the new surgery. Picture: Mendip Vale Medical Practice

An artist's impression of the new surgery. Picture: Mendip Vale Medical Practice

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Thousands of patients could benefit from access a new doctors’ surgery, offering ‘a wider range of services closer to home’.

Plans to build a surgery for Congresbury and Yatton in Smallway, opposite Cadbury Garden Centre have been submitted to North Somerset Council by Mendip Vale Medical Practice.

Small provisions are run in Congresbury and Yatton by Mendip Vale, but they have been deemed ‘wholly inadequate and not fit for modern day uses’ – falling well short of recommended size guidelines, according to planning documents.

David Clark, executive manager of Mendip Vale, believes a new surgery would ‘provide a wider range of services closer to home’ for a growing list of patients.

Mendip Vale’s Congresbury and Yatton surgeries serve more than 12,000 people, and this is expected to swell to 15,000 in line with projected housing growth in the coming years.

Consulting rooms and clinical space, a pharmacy, a parking bay for a mobile MRI scanner and endoscopy unit, and 85 parking spaces are all planned for the new surgery.

Mr Clark said: “The sites at Yatton and Congresbury have no room left.

“We have taken out as much back office and administration space as we can for clinical rooms.

“Under current guidelines we are more than 30 per cent below the recommended space needed to serve our patients.

“We saw a three per cent increase in patients registering with us across our sites in 2017, which is more than 750 people, and without a new build we will struggle to provide sufficient services in Yatton and Congresbury.”

The two-storey surgery is planned in the strategic gap between Congresbury and Yatton, which is a buffer designed to keep the villages separate, but Mr Clark believes Smallway is the best location to provide care to patients.

He added: “By having this new build we would have space to provide a wider range of services closer to home that reduces reliance on acute hospitals, for example dermatology and ophthalmology.

“This should assist in providing services more promptly and cost effectively, enabling savings to be reinvested in other pressurised areas such as paediatric mental health.”

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