City MP Richard Graham said that planning permission given yesterday for the new GP surgery in Kingsway was the ‘last planning hurdle, successfully jumped’ for Gloucester’s largest surgery and ‘will benefit every resident of Quedgeley’.
Richard has worked on this since calling on NHS Primary Care Trust CEO Jan Stubbings in 2007 with then Cllr Jackie Hall. ‘Ten years later,’ he noted, ‘we are almost at the stage of the spade in the ground. It has taken a very long time, but does means that work can now start on a building that will make such a difference to people’s lives’. The new building, which will take around 12 months to complete, will include ten consulting rooms alongside four rooms for treatments and minor operations.
Cllrs Richard Cook and Hannah Norman agreed that “The new surgery will relieve pressure on Quedgeley surgeries and provide a much improved service to Kingsway residents”
Wyndham Parry, Practice Manager at Rosebank Health, said:
“With several new housing developments anticipated in the area over the next few years and a growing population, the new surgery, which will be located off Rudloe Drive, will be ideally located to provide primary care services for the local area for years to come.
It will be very closely linked to the existing Rosebank Health Surgeries to ensure the right support and services are in place.
Our ambition is to create an attractive, modern, light and airy building which will be welcoming to both patients and staff and we will be excited to see this progress over the coming months.”
The development also includes training and meeting rooms, which will facilitate education and shared learning. These facilities will also allow other health and social care professionals and specialists to provide services for the local people.
Dr Jon Unwin, Senior Partner at Rosebank Health, said:
“We are really pleased and excited that our plans for a new, contemporary surgery are coming to fruition.
We look forward to all our patients, both old and new, benefitting from this new development.”
Property adviser GVA has been working with Rosebank Health on the delivery of the new surgery, including architectural services, site purchase and planning.
Richard Taylor, Senior Director at GVA commented:
“We’re delighted that the next step in the progress of this development has been achieved with the granting of planning consent. We’ve been working closely with the GPs to bring their vision to fruition.”
Director of Primary Care at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Helen Goodey said:
“The CCG has ambitious and exciting plans to improve and expand practices across Gloucestershire, and this development is really positive news for the local area.
The new premises will mean that patients can benefit from facilities that are fit for modern healthcare and will support the provision of high quality care.
The new surgery will also offer an attractive work environment for GPs and other members of the practice team.”
Note to Editors
Architectural proposals were shared with local residents in May 2016 at a drop-in consultation event at the Kingsway Sports Pavilion, which was also attended by GPs and practice team staff.
The CCG has already approved the development and provided the required funding.
Rosebank Health currently operates Rosebank Surgery and Severnvale Surgery, has seven GP Partners and employs 65 clinical and support staff.
Patients will be able to register with Rosebank Health, and can be seen at Rosebank Surgery, Severnvale Surgery or Kingsway Surgery.