The Plan Moving Forward
Meadowcroft Surgery and Berryfields Medical Centre are pleased to announce that, in keeping with a vision to improve access and variety of services to patients, they are planning the construction of a new building to house both surgeries which we hope will be completed in two to three years from now.
Growth & demand
The ongoing expansion of Aylesbury, inadequate medical buildings and a general increase in demand have prompted the need for this development. Berryfields Medical Centre has been working in temporary accommodation since its foundation ten years ago. The current Meadowcroft Surgery building which was built in 1991 and has served us very well, is now approximately half the size it should be for the number of patients it serves.
Since Meadowcroft was founded in the early 1960s it has had three different buildings in three different locations; each building has reflected the population it serves as Aylesbury has expanded. Because of its small size and difficulties keeping the surgery open during a rebuild, Meadowcroft's Jackson Road site could not be redeveloped, and an extension there would not have provided enough new space.
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The new building will be three minutes by car (0.8 miles) from Meadowcroft Surgery's current location on Jackson Road, and Berryfields Medical Centre will move from its present location in Buckingham Park, to the new site at the roundabout intersection between Martin Dalby Way and Paradise Orchard. The proposed single new building will house the two surgeries separately, but we will be working together to provide a resilient, imaginative and efficient service for patients. Patients can be reassured that they will continue to be under the care of their current GP.
The two training practices have an excellent reputation for the quality of health care they provide (see NHS Choices, iwantgreatcare, CQC websites), and have the same vision for transformation of services for patients: efficient and rapid access, and providing a greater number of facilities and health care services, built on a foundation of great personal medical care.
This project is in keeping with the Government's Five Year Forward View for the NHS, and is fully supported by Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The site was identified by the council's Planning Department. There will be adequate car parking at the site and access will be facilitated by bus and cycle routes; the plan includes a new off-road cycle path/footpath from Jackson Road with its own bridge over the River Thame.
Separately, Bucks CCG and Bucks Hospitals are considering various services and sites in Bucks to house new health care hubs, bringing specialist NHS medical services closer to the population. At present the new Berryfields-Meadowcroft site is one of the favoured locations, and we continue to work with them to make this happen.
At this early stage, the surgeries will soon be asking the local population about the new service arising from this project and how it could be best designed, and we will advertise some engagement meetings over the next two months. People registered at the surgeries are very welcome to attend these meetings, and we would ask that you use them to find out more and give your own feedback. We are not able to discuss the project with the public or reply to any communications about it until these meetings take place.
The times, dates and venues of the upcoming public consultation dates will be confirmed in the near future. Please check back with the surgery or check our website for updates!
First consultation meeting: Sat 29th Sept 2018 at 0900 at Meadowcroft Surgery
(during the flu clinic)
The partners of Meadowcroft Surgery, 13th September 2018