New £8m super surgery in Gloucester
AN £8 million 'super surgery' is being planned for Gloucester.
The facility, in Horton Road, will combine three existing doctors practices and serve 22,000 patients.
A consultation has been launched about the proposals to merge Heathville, London Road and Barnwood medical practices.
The new centre will be built next to St Peter's Primary School on land which currently houses empty hospital, office and care buildings.
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It will have 27 consulting rooms, seven treatment rooms, a minor operations suite and an on-site pharmacy. There will also be space for other healthcare services and future expansion of GP services.
Dr Nick Gilbert from Heathville said: "All three practices work in old buildings with inadequate space and poor access for the less able. "These new state-of-the-art premises will help us provide the best care for our patients."
Dr Judith Brooke from the Barnwood Medical Practice said they will function independently within the shared facilities.
NHS Gloucestershire has approved funding for the new centre and said it is a 'significant step forward for healthcare in north Gloucester'.
A planning application is due to be submitted to the city council in November and if given the nod work will start on site in the spring with completion a year later.
Dr Karen Carr, from the London Road Medical Practice, said: "We are all excited about the prospect of this new venture."
But existing patients could have further to travel to the new site which is almost two miles away from the Barnwood practice, 0.9 miles from Heathville and 0.8 miles from the London Road one.
Kingsholm and Wotton ward Liberal Democrat councillor Jeremy Hilton is a patient at one of them.
He said: "It's good news to see investment in private practices but it might not be as easy for some people to get to."
An exhibition of plans will be held on November 7 between 4pm and 7pm at Redcliffe College.