Emsworth area residents are invited to take part in a new NHS survey on the future of their GP practice.
The survey, put together by South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), outlines the nine options currently being reviewed and asks people which ideas would be best for them and their family – and why.
It follows a well-attended public drop-in session at Westbourne Church (on Tuesday Nov 6) at which four Emsworth GPs and CCG staff were available to talk about the options and answer questions.
A second drop-in session will be held next Tuesday (Nov 13) in the function room at the Slipper Sailing Club at The Quay, South Street. There is no formal presentation. People can call in at any time from 5.30pm-7.30pm.
GP Partners at the surgery are looking to possibly relocate to a new site to help meet the increasing health needs of a growing population and provide the best and most up-to-date facilities and services they can for their patients.
The options include moving to a new site at Redlands Lane, moving in to a refurbished Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital, finding a new site or remaining at their existing location. An outline business case for the preferred option needs to be submitted to NHS England by December 21, 2018.
Emsworth GP Dr William Denby said: “We were very pleased with the attendance at the first drop-in session and our chance to seek people’s views and to offer up some of our own thoughts and reasons for them.
“Hard copy forms of the survey were available, and several dozen have already been returned to the CCG. We do encourage everyone to take this opportunity of having their say.
“We are listening and people’s views will be considered, although as visitors appreciated from last night’s session, we also have to factor in other key considerations such as the viability of the schemes and whether they can be achieved within a reasonable timescale.
“People had a range of comments that were important to them last night, which all reflected issues that we recognise, from their preferred location for an Emsworth surgery to public transport and car parking.”
Hard-copies of the survey are available from both Emsworth Surgery and its branch in Westbourne.
The online version can be accessed via the homepage of the CCG website www.southeasternhampshire.ccg.nhs.uk, the Emsworth Surgery website via.www.emsworthsurgery.co.uk or direct at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/emsworthsurgery. The deadline for online submissions is noon on Friday November 16.