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Crewkerne surgery's big move a step closer to reality

By Western Gazette - Crewkerne  |  Posted: November 03, 2012

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Plans for a new GP surgery in Crewkerne are set to take a major step forward next week.

Staff from the South Street Surgery hope to move to the West One building on West Street early next year.

Keys to the West One centre are due to be handed over on Friday, November 9, and it is hoped a new surgery will be developed there.

The South Street Surgery is headed by Dr Michael Osborne and has more than 1,000 patients on its books.

Peter Woodward, practice manager, said: “All being well, Dr Osborne, with representatives from developers Haven Health, the contractors, the Primary Care Trust, Crewkerne Town Council and South Somerset District Council, will all be at the site for the hand over of the keys on November 9, so that the development can commence.”

Patients will be able to view plans for the new surgery on Saturday, November 17.

Staff from the practice and members of its patient participation group will be displaying the plans for the redesigned West One building in the Victoria Hall from 9am.

A move would mean the practice could have more doctors and nurses on-site and enjoy access to improved facilities.

Mr Woodward said: “Our present location is a converted house with a shop downstairs.

“We’ve been there for 14 years. We’ve been trying to find premises in Crewkerne and it’s proved extremely difficult. When you know you need better premises and can’t find them, it is a problem.

“There has always been talk of a doctor’s surgery within the ongoing CLR development, but that project has been going on for decades.

“At present we only have room for one GP and one nurse at our current practice. In the new building we would have facilities for three GPs and two nurses as well as being able to offer other services, such as carrying out minor operations.

“I’m optimistic for the future. In Crewkerne there has been an imbalance. We have the Crewkerne Health Centre which has eight doctors and ours only has one. Meanwhile, in Chard there are two or three large practices.

“Patients in Crewkerne have not had much of a choice and a lot of people prefer not to come to us because we are cramped.

“Moving would be a big improvement that is long overdue. The current building would never get approval from the Care Quality Commission.”

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