Emsworth Surgery redevelopment - latest news
The GPs at Emsworth Surgery have been considering relocating to a new site to ensure long-term sustainability and to help meet the increasing health needs of a growing population.
An Outline Business Case (OBC) has been submitted to NHS England (NHSE) and this recommends that the Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital is refurbished and becomes the new home for the GPs. The Westbourne branch surgery would be retained.
The conditional approval for the OBC was given in May 2019, and the project team has been addressing various questions from the Review Panel. It is not clear when the OBC will be finally approved, but it is hoped that this will happen before the end of April 2019.
In parallel with the OBC, a draft version of the Full Financial Business Case (FBC) has been submitted as part of the diligence process with NHS England. This process ensures that the business case is scrutinised ahead of the formal Review Panel. It is intended that the case will be ready for formal review later in the year.
As much work as possible has been undertaken on site in preparation of the FBC Submission which included structural and ecology surveys. Planning permission was granted for the proposed redevelopment in September 2019. Contractors have tendered for the building work on the hospital site and the project team will be able to appoint the preferred contractor when the FBC has been approved by NHS England.
While there remain several milestones that need to be reached the aim is that the work on the refurbishment will commence in early 2020 and complete by late early 2021. However, this timetable is only indicative and will become clearer once the FBC is formally approved by NHSE.
Still working together
The practice, CCG and community representatives are still working together on the plans for the future of the surgery. The project team meet regularly with representatives of community stakeholder groups to discuss the project.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in both surveys on the future of Emsworth Surgery.
The first survey sought your views on the long list of nine options. Following an 'options workshop,' attended by community representatives and local councillors, the number of options was reduced from nine to three.
The second survey sought your views on what we should take into consideration as plans for the surgery are developed.
The results from both surveys, completed both online and at drop-in events held in the local area, have been analysed and the themes are available in an engagement report which is being submitted with the business case to NHS England.
Our Related Documents section below includes the findings of a short survey carried out by Emsworth Surgery to find out how patients travelled to their most recent appointment at either the main surgery or the branch at Westbourne.