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Freshford Surgery Update Meeting – Freshford Memorial Hall Wednesday 12th September 7.30pm

posted 11 Sep 2018, 02:54 by Parish Council Communications

Those of you who use the Beckington Family Practice will have received a letter outlining the current position of the Freshford Surgery. Having clarified the extent of the works needed to Younghusband House and in the knowledge that the building is fundamentally unsuitable to act as a modern surgery premises into the 21st century, the Beckington Family Practice have concluded that it is not practical or viable to reopen the old Freshford surgery. The Beckington Family Practice are therefore  applying to NHS England for their permission to formally close the surgery. 

 

The Memorial Hall Development Plan includes plans for a new surgery, as defined in the current Community Right to Build process that is in progress. Whilst the Practice has found themselves unable to continue using the current surgery building, this does not prevent the development of the Hall from proceeding.
 

One aspect that is extremely important is community support for a future Surgery in Freshford. This is a key indicator for the NHS when considering funding.

 

Evidence of Community support for the Surgery is being partly gained via a questionnaire that was provided with the letter from the Surgery. It would be very helpful if everyone provided written support for retaining a Surgery in the village whether you currently use the Beckington Family Practice or not. That support can be provided by completing the questionnaire, copies will be available at the Hall and the Galleries or by providing your written comments via the prescription drop point in The Galleries, or by email to the Practice Manager, Robert Slade on robert.slade1@nhs.net.

 

To help further understanding and to answer any questions, an open forum is being held by the Surgery at the Memorial Hall on Wednesday 12th September at 7.30pm.

 

This open forum is being fully supported by both the Memorial Hall and the Parish Council.

 

To understand more about the situation and hear directly from the Surgery please do come along to the meeting – especially if you have questions that you would like to raise.

 

Whilst these are difficult times, the question would seem to be more what can we, as a community, do to help retain the presence of a Surgery in Freshford. After all, this is not just a Freshford facility but a facility serving the wider community.

 

This is an opportunity to hear the facts, and also to move forwards. We are a community with a recent history of achieving success against massive odds – The Galleries – why should we not be successful in retaining a Surgery in the community?

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