Update from Emsworth Surgery:
We are delighted to announce that the Emsworth Surgery’s proposal for the refurbishment of the Victoria Cottage Hospital has been approved by NHS England. This is wonderful news and marks the start of a new chapter for Emsworth Surgery. Work is set to start this month on relocating the surgery to a new home on the site of the former Victoria Cottage Hospital in the town centre.
NHS England has approved the £4m scheme to convert the unused hospital building into a state-of-the-art surgery for Emsworth where for years the GPs, staff and patients have struggled to cope on the cramped existing site. It is hoped that contractors will move on to the former hospital grounds to
start work within a few weeks.
NHS England has formally approved the full business case for the scheme presented by the surgery and NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Dr Abu Chinwala, GP Partner at Emsworth Surgery, was quoted as saying “I think that most local people know that we have wanted – and needed – new premises for a very long time, so this is truly welcome news.
“It has been heartening to receive so much support from the people of Emsworth and to know just how much they value our service and how they want us to be able to grow and improve. We are also grateful for the support of the CCG and NHS England.
“Getting conditional approval for the funding means that we can now look ahead to making the positive changes we have been wanting to achieve for many years. I think this offers numerous and valuable benefits for patients – modern and accessible premises, space to expand, being able to host
new services with our partners both in the NHS and in social care and giving us the chance to improve how we support people living with frailty or long-term conditions.
“It will also allow us to try to recruit new staff to help manage rising demands for ‘same day’ care and to keep routine waiting times down as well.
“We absolutely welcome this news and now we want to move forward as quickly as possible to turn the potential into reality.”