Last update: 1st August 2019
Thank you to all patients who attended our “drop in” event to view the proposed building display boards and meet the design and development team.
We apologise sincerely for the fact that we under-estimated the expected number of patients to attend and recognise that those who attended at the beginning of the session may not have managed to view the details as you would have liked, nor ask your questions. We are new to this and haven’t ever staged such an event, but have obviously learned from it.
With that in mind, we will be displaying the design boards at the Waterlooville Fete, Jubilee Park, on Sunday 18th August 11:00am - 3:00pm. We want to spend time explaining our proposed plans, listen to your feedback and answer any questions to the best of our ability. Your comments are vital to help shape this venture. Leaflets are available at all sites, with comments sheets on the back. Please hand these to our receptionists or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st August 2019.
As explained to many who attended, the proposal has not been approved by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) yet, and we would like to include patient liaison to support our business case to them. We know that approximately 15 applications will be received by the CCG and they will only “approve” 5. We passionately believe that this Waterlooville opportunity will only come around once in a generation and that many of the factors are lined up for us to make this as successful as possible. We will be focusing hard on instigating and negotiating for new public transport routes to the proposed site, as we are very conscious that these are required.
We have summarised the questions many of you asked on the night and have emailed to us subsequently. We apologise that we are unable to answer you all individually but hope that the Q&As below provide more clarity. We will keep adding to this, as questions arise.
Over the years, the Vine Medical Group has formed to provide the best possible service in Waterlooville. This has involved practice mergers with Stakes Lodge and Waterbrook Surgeries over the years to support smaller facilities. As a result, we are now currently based in four, older style buildings which are now too small and outdated for our needs when considering the confirmed growth in population locally. We are therefore excited to share with you our proposals for replacing these with a new, integrated primary care centre offering care for our patients and bringing other services together for the whole Waterlooville population.
The proposal provides for a new, 2,500 sqm integrated healthcare facility for Waterlooville comprising;
It is of enormous importance to the practice, and as a consequence those who we serve, that we develop new premises to take the provision of care within the Waterlooville area forward over the generations to come.
The proposed location (having considered many) is a site on Kentidge Street, located within the Berewood Estate, Waterlooville. Important characteristics of this site include;
It will enable the Doctors at Vine Medical Group to reorganise their health system locally, and ultimately, provide the patients with an improved, more comprehensive service.
The Outline Planning Permission for the Berewood provides a detailed travel proposal for linking the new estate into Waterlooville. This will include;
Staffing numbers are determined by the number of patients we have registered with us. With an increasing population locally, we anticipate that our list size will grow gradually leading to more GPs and staff in time. There will be immediate improvements to services, once we are all in one building, for example staffing 4 x reception desks as opposed to 1. The team answering your telephone calls will be increased, as a result. There will also be many benefits to being under 1 roof for the clinical and administration teams. Systems can be slicker as communication and peer support becomes much easier. Continuity of care will improve for many patients, whether that is with a GP, Pharmacist, Nurse, Health Care Assistant or Paramedic, with only one site to attend. There will be no confusion regarding the site you need to attend for you care.
We will be carrying out minor surgery procedures, for example joint injections and coil clinics, and welcome discussions with any private providers who many wish to set up a clinic in the building. Basic x-ray facilities will not be provided, as we have been advised that the population size of Waterlooville & proximity to other services does not currently warrant this.
Yes, we are engaged fully to facilitate this. Proposed hours are 18:30 – 22:30 some weekdays and 08:00 – 22:30 Saturday and Sunday.
The move will not affect Vine Medical Group budgets. If approved we will work with a developer partner, who will consult closely with us, plan & build the new premises. Vine Medical Group will become tenants in the new building, with rental rates being fixed by an NHS valuer. Existing premises will be released for sale / redevelopment.
We are aiming to submit the business case to the NHS for consideration/approval in September 2019. Following this, we are aiming for Planning and wider project documentation to complete for December 2019, with construction commencing Q1 2020 and completion Q2/Q3 2021.
It is important for the proposal to demonstrate wider support for this important and required upgrade to local infrastructure.
We have held one patient drop-in event which was extremely well attended (thank you very much for your support and comments), and are planning a further event shortly. This will be another drop-in session, and a further opportunity to view the proposals and speak with the practice and project managers about the venture. This will be announced shortly and we would be delighted to meet with you and hear your thoughts.
There are also patient leaflets within the practices which have a section for comments on the rear. Please do fill these out and pass back to us by 31 August 2019.
We very much hope you will support us in improving services for all of Waterlooville.
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