Plans to expand Stoke Road surgery in place to provide for new homes in Bishop's Cleeve
DOCTORS at Bishop's Cleeve's biggest GP surgery have said they want to expand.
Staff at the Stoke Road surgery want to build a new facility at their current site to take on new patients.
They are expecting 1,000 extra people to use the surgery when the Homelands 2 and Cleevelands developments are completed.
It comes after developer Welbeck announced plans to build a super-surgery in the village as part of the two estates.
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Managers at the Greyholme practice are considering merging with their sister site, Seven Posts in Prestbury, to form the new facility.
Stoke Road surgery, which has been at its current site since the mid-1980s, has more than 9,500 patients on its register, making it the biggest surgery in the village.
Practice manager Lester Pygott is expecting at least a 10 per cent increase in patient numbers after the developments have been completed.
He said: "We are a well-established surgery at this site. We are anticipating at least another thousand patients once all the houses have been built.
"That would be quite an increase, and we are planning to make sure we can provide for them.
"We want to be more efficient and make better use of our internal space. There will also be a brand new waiting room."
He also pledged to keep the surgery at the current site.
Mr Pygott added: "We are committed to staying in the village on our current site because it is a central location.
"We are working with our Patient Participation Group and the Primary Care Trust to look at options around developing our current site.
"We want to stay in the centre of Bishop's Cleeve and there are opportunities to develop this site. We recognise it is difficult for a lot of patients to reach locations which are not central."
Paul Holliday, chairman of the Patient Participation Group (PPG), said it was vital for the surgery to revamp itself.
He said: "The surgery is making advanced plans to improve the surgery and expand it.
"It will enable the practice to increase patients it takes on."
The PPG accepted both surgeries were full and that there was sufficient land on the site to expand.