You may be aware that we are proposing to relocate to new premises at Upton Rocks.
This page will tell you all you need to know about our proposals, how we think relocating will benefit you and how you can give us your views.
Appleton Village Surgery Consultation Presentation
Why do we need to relocate?
The surgery has been at the current premises since 1976, having previously moved from Fairfield Road where it had been since its founding in 1900.
It is situated in a complex of buildings, including two terraced houses which were built approximately 100 years ago. The buildings have served the surgery and the patients well, but are unfortunately no longer fit for purpose.
The building has a number of limitations, including:
- It is old and difficult to maintain;
- Access is poor, with on-street parking and a public car park across the road;
- Rooms are irregularly shaped and are accessed by narrow, winding corridors;
- Rooms have poor sound insulation and poor temperature regulation;
- Three of the consulting rooms are upstairs with no disabled access;
- The building operates at 98% capacity - all downstairs clinical rooms are in constant use, so there is little opportunity to extend our services;
- We want to recruit more medical staff but the building’s limitations make it difficult to do so;
- We are a training surgery but the building layout makes supervision of junior doctors difficult for the trainers.
Our proposal to relocate
We have developed an exciting proposal to relocate the surgery to a brand new, purpose-built site at Upton Rocks. We believe that moving to larger, modern premises will significantly enhance the environment for patients and staff, and help us to improve services for patients.
Relocating to purpose-built premises would provide:
- A modern, well maintained space for patients;
- Better access for disabled people and parents with children;
- Car parking on-site;
- Potential to offer more services in the future;
- Support for recruitment and retention of medical staff to ensure the development and delivery of services now and in the future;
- Better facilities for staff, including teaching facilities for trainees.
We considered a number of other options including extending the existing building, and relocating to other sites in the area. However, none of these options have been possible due to a lack of a feasible site or funding difficulties.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our consultation exercise. 146 people attended our drop-in event on Saturday 15 July.
1052 people completed the consultation questionnaire.
The consultation will close Monday 7th August and the results have now been analysed.
The proposal will be considered by Halton CCG early in January 2018. We will update you as soon as we have further news.
How can I can involved?
We have discussed our proposals with the Patient Participation Group (PPG) who have given their full support. We will be inviting members of the PPG to join our project team to ensure patient involvement at every stage.
We are also setting up a virtual patient group so patients can have a say in how the surgery develops. To join the community, give your email address to a receptionist or email firstname.lastname@example.org