Surgery make-over gets PCT go-ahead

A DOCTORS' surgery in Burnham could soon be in for a major revamp. Ambitious proposals to improve the quality of the town's GP surgery have been approved by Somerset Primary Care Trust (PCT). The surgery make-over will mean that more health services will

A DOCTORS' surgery in Burnham could soon be in for a major revamp.Ambitious proposals to improve the quality of the town's GP surgery have been approved by Somerset Primary Care Trust (PCT).The surgery make-over will mean that more health services will be available in Burnham and patients will not have to travel to Taunton and Yeovil hospitals for some treatments. The proposals for Burnham include a new 'one-stop-shop' for patients which would house a GP surgery, dental practice and a day centre for people with mental health problems. Over the next three or four months, health managers and GPs will be drawing up detailed plans of the medical services which will be provided at the centre in Love Lane.Primary Care Services with Somerset PCT director David Slack said: "The PCT is working with local GPs to progress the highest priority developments while at the same time encouraging some GP surgeries to deliver extended services. In the future, we hope to see more surgeries offering services such as dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy and podiatry (foot) care. "Burnham GPs will now be able to apply to the PCT for financial support to develop their premises. They can also seek extra funding to cover the cost of developments or apply for a grant to pay for building work."The proposals were given the go-ahead at a meeting of the Board of the PCT. Burnham had already been earmarked for an upgrade when the surgery was under the management of Somerset Coast PCT, before the county's services were merged into Somerset PCT in October 2006. Burnham is one of nine surgeries put forward for the scheme, with another 22 expected to be reviewed within the next year.


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