Go-ahead for combined hospital and GP surgery in Edenbridge

By | August 14, 2017

 

We are very pleased to be able to tell you that a new combined hospital and GP
surgery in Edenbridge has moved a step closer after NHS West Kent Clinical
Commissioning Group (CCG) formally decided to progress with our preferred
option after getting overwhelming support from the public.
The CCG, Edenbridge Medical Practice and Kent Community Health NHS
Foundation Trust were all clear that our preferred option is to develop a modern,
purpose-built combined hospital/ surgery on a new site with no inpatient beds, but
plenty of room for additional clinical services and community support, with 140
parking spaces.

At its meeting on 25 July, the CCG’s Governing Body heard that:
 94 per cent of people responding to a survey carried out as part of a threemonth
public consultation backed a combined hospital/surgery
 79 per cent supported the preferred option – for services to be provided in a
new building, on a new site, with additional day services (such as
intravenous drips) and no inpatient beds.
The preferred option was also given formal backing by the board of Kent
Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, which provides almost all the services
based at the hospital and in people’s homes in Edenbridge, and by the GP partners
of Edenbridge Medical Practice.
The Governing Body was told that despite large numbers of people who responded
positively during the consultation, not everyone was in agreement, and some
correspondence had been received from people who clearly did not hold the view
expressed by the majority.
It agreed to progress option 1a, for there to be a combined hospital/ surgery, in a
new building, on a new site, with no inpatient beds.
The CCG is now setting up an implementation group to do detailed work on
potential sites, planning and finances for the new facility.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation and contributed
your views. The high level of response – more than 1,150 people replied to the
survey – helped to give the CCG confidence that they can and should proceed with
this change, which we believe will give Edenbridge an excellent healthcare facility
for now and for future generations.

For more information please visit this page on the CCG’s website.
Ian Ayres
Accountable Officer, NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group
Lesley Strong
Chief Operating Officer, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
Simon Morrison
Senior Partner, Edenbridge Medical Practice

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