A new GP surgery for Wimblington should be ready by April 2016
PUBLISHED: 15:48 23 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:54 24 November 2015
Villagers will have their own doctors surgery by April 2016 with the news that work has started on North Witchford Lodge in Wimblington.
The surgery plan was last year left hanging in the balance after the Government said it would not fund it but after a fight from councillors at all levels plus canvassing from MP Steve Barclay it was put back on track.
Contractors are on site and teh groundworks have begun.
Wimblington’s GP surgery used to be run inside a house in Governess Close but it was closed in 2014 because it was labelled unfit for purpose.
In the meantime patients have been seeing doctors at Doddington Medical Centre.
After planning permission was granted to create a surgery at North Witchford Lodge, Roddons, which owns the building, put the work out to tender.
County councillor David Connor, said: “At last the surgery is coming to fruition. Contractors are on site doing the groundworks and the surgery is planned to open in April 2016.”
Around 2,000 patients will be registered with the Wimblington practice.
“It’s a big thing for the village,” he said.
“The buses are not frequent enough locally, so for people to know they can now easily go for local appointments or get repeat prescriptions is a really big thing.”
Last year NHS England contacted Wimblington parish councillors giving them the shock news that the Government refused to pay the £14,000 a year rent on the building because not enough people had complained about a lack of a GP surgery in Wimblington.
But a good case was fought saying nobody complained about the surgery closure as they all knew that once shut a new purpose built GP surgery was being developed.
A fight was put up by county councillor David Connor, parish councillors, MP Steve Barclay and Elizabeth Welcher, Doddington Medical Centre’s practice manager.
Mr Barclay said “I had frequently raised concerns with NHS bosses over the delay in re-opening a GP surgery for Wimblington residents, which is particularly needed given the pressure on packing and the growing demands on the Doddington practice.
“It is great news that residents can now be confident that this facility has been secured. This means Wimblington will have a surgery that will benefit the 2,000 local residents who are set to be registered there, particularly those who are elderly or without transport.”