GP surgery awarded £130k for refurbishments

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

An update artist's impression of the surgery. Picture: Mendip Vale Medical Practice - Credit: Archant

A GP surgery has been allocated £130,000 to improve facilities for patients and clinicians.

Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSSG CCG) has ‘ring-fenced’ a grant of £130,000 for Mendip Vale Medical Group to refurbish its Yatton practice.

The money will enable the medical group to update its facilities to meet the needs of patients and clinical staff.

The grant has been provisionally allocated through the BNSSSG CCG’s minor improvement grant scheme and is subject to a full application process.

David Clark, executive manager for Mendip Vale Medical Group, said he is ‘very grateful’ for the funds which will enable improvements to be made to the ‘very dated’ building.

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He said: “This will enable us to complete the refurbishment of the clinical rooms and waiting room downstairs in the Yatton surgery and really enhance the environment, making it better for GPs and clinicians.

Village leaders have been campaigning new doctors’ surgeries in Congresbury and Yatton for a number of years.

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Both villages have surgeries, but neither can be expanded, yet hundreds of homes are being built across the two parishes and in Claverham.

A planning application for a two-storey GP practice at Smallway was given the greenlight in January last year, however the proposal has now been put on hold due to funding issues.

Cllr Steve Bridger, who represents Yatton for North Somerset, said: “The £130,000 is good news. It will mean they can refurbish the ground floor and an additional clinical room, which should tide them over for a couple of years.

“But I think the medium to long-term solution is that we need a new building, whether that’s Smallway or an alternative.

“It’s good that the existing medical centre will be refurbished, but it’s a stop gap.”

Dr Liam Fox, North Somerset’s MP, has been campaigning for more funds for the Yatton surgery and is delighted the CCG has allocated the money to the medical group.

He said: “It has been a pleasure working with the medical and support staff at the Yatton practice to achieve this outcome.

“Nice to have some good news in these difficult times.”

A CCG spokesman added: “We can confirm that Mendip and Vale Medical Group, which runs Yatton Practice, has bid for capital funding through the minor improvement grant scheme to undertake refurbishment work in the practice building.

“We recognise the benefits this work will bring to patients and following an assessment and prioritisation exercise are supporting them to take the bid through the full application process.

“Subject to the practice completing the application and due diligence processes, the CCG has provisionally ring-fenced a grant of £130,000 for the practice.”