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 be refurbished and becomes the new home for the GPs. The Westbourne branch surgery would be retained.
The OBC is now progressing through the NHSE approvals process with the project team 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, work has already started on preparing the Full Business Case (FBC). This requires preparing detailed designs for the refurbishment, producing a complete specification of the required work, obtaining tendered costs from contractors and securing full planning permission. Architects have already been appointed and are working closely with the GPs to ensure that the refurbishment meets their requirements and also adheres to strict NHS building standards and regulations.
While there remain several issues that need to be managed, it is hoped that the FBC will be completed by mid-autumn. It will then need to be approved by the CCG and NHSE, with the aim that work on the refurbishment could commence towards the end of 2019 and complete by late 2020/early 2021. However, this timetable is only indicative and will become clearer once the OBC 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.
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.