New plans for £4m medical centre to replace GP surgeries revealed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 22 Mar 2019

A new medical centre for 11,250 patients could finally get off the ground in Anlaby this autumn - 11 years after it was first proposed.

Revamped plans have been submitted for the £4m centre, which would controversially replace GP surgeries at Main Street, Willerby and West End, Swanland.

Willerby & Swanland Surgery, which merged into a single list four years ago, would relocate to the new centre despite concerns among patients about the loss of their local facilities.

The new facility is earmarked for a site at Lowfield Road, Anlaby, next to Spire Healthcare.

An architect's image of how the planned new medical centre would look

It is backed by local clinicians and by East Riding of Yorkshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The revamped proposals include the addition of a second storey to help future-proof healthcare facilities for the Anlaby, Willerby and Swanland areas by creating space for more doctors, nurses and community health workers.

The proposal has been submitted by Beverley-based Lovel Developments, which acquired and developed the 25-acre site in readiness for the construction of the Spire property and the adjacent housing site.

The medical centre will be the final piece of a jigsaw which was first presented to local councillors five years ago, although the need for improved NHS provision was initially highlighted in 2008.

Philip Lovel, managing director of Lovel Developments, said: “The health professionals in Willerby first gained approval from the Primary Care Trust in 2008 for a new facility but it never happened because they couldn’t find a suitable site.

Philip Lovel, managing director of Lovel Developments (Image: Neil Holmes Photography)

“We unveiled our plans for Lowfield Road at a public exhibition in Anlaby in March 2014 and received a positive response, and we have consulted closely since then.

"The hope of the people working at surgeries in Willerby and Swanland is that the proposals will now be approved by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and that they will finally have a health centre capable of meeting the needs of the growing numbers of patients in the area by providing better facilities and by attracting more doctors and nurses to the area.”

The new centre would be accessible by walking, cycling, public transport and car, with the main entrance at the rear, next to parking spaces for more than 30 vehicles.

The ground floor will house six treatment or consulting rooms and a heath education area as well as a pharmacy with its own entrance.

The first floor has nine consulting rooms for GPs and other health professionals as well as meeting rooms and space for support staff.

Administrative staff and the practice manager would occupy the smaller, second floor.

The new application, submitted by architects Pearce Bottomley, replaces a previous application which was granted in March 2015.

It states: “Since the application was approved, the population growth and demand on services has increased in the area with the development of new housing and improvement of transport links following the successful completion of Spire Hospital.

“As a result of this increase on demand it was deemed that more clinical spaces were needed.”

The CCG announced in December 2018 that it had approved the outline business case for the new centre.

Jane Hawkard, the chief officer, said: “There is a need for this practice development in order to continue to provide and sustain essential primary care services into the future.

Jane Hawkard, chief officer, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group

“The development will also provide GP services to support people moving into the extra housing developments expected within the next five years.”

The CCG said other sites in the area had been “explored and considered” before the decision was made to relocate the Willerby and Swanland surgeries to the new site and increase patient capacity from 8,600 to 11,250.

The developers says staff at Willerby and Swanland surgeries are eager to see the development progress at a time of strong competition for NHS funding.

As part of their own consultation in 2018 they rejected renovation of the existing surgeries because of a lack of clinical space, inadequate parking and rising demand for services.

Mr Lovel said: “The hope is that we can secure planning permission for the new development quickly, start the project in the autumn and meet the CCG’s requirement of a modern, fit-for-purpose building to serve the Haltemprice area by November 2020.”

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