Plans for new Glebe Surgery given the green light

Wednesday 1st August, 2018

Proposals to build a new state of the art GP surgery in Storrington have been approved.

The Glebe Surgery has developed plans to demolish the current surgery building and build a brand new GP surgery on the site.

Following robust consideration, last week the plans were approved by NHS England. It is only the second new build scheme to be approved for GP practices in West Sussex under the new Estates and Technology Transformation Fund.

The new GP practice will triple the size of the current surgery building, include a pharmacy and have more than 50 parking spaces for staff and patients.

Dr Keir Newsom, Partner at The Glebe Surgery, said:

“This is fantastic news and we are all delighted.

“Our staff and our patients have been brilliant working with the current surgery buildings, especially the Portakabins, but this agreement means we will be able to give them the state of the art surgery that everyone should expect from their GP practice.

“Our absolute aim is to provide the best possible care for our patients, and getting this agreement means we will be able to build a new surgery that not only means our existing patients can receive the best care they need, but we are also ready and able to take on the further 4000 people expected to move to the area over the next ten years.

 “It will mean that we have the space to grow and develop as a practice; to employ more staff, extend our hours, provide out of hospital services so our patients can get care closer to home, bring community teams together with our practice team, and of course, open the pharmacy on site so it really is a one stop shop for our patients.”

Dominic Wright, Managing Director at Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We are absolutely delighted for the Glebe Surgery with this positive news.

“We have been committed to this project all the way through and it is fantastic that it has now reached this positive outcome – both for the practice team and for the patients in this area.

“The plans are brilliant and mean that the practice will be able to develop how it works, bring community services and primary care closer together for the benefit of local people.

“It is also exciting that this area is the second in the county to go through this new process to completion. We would like to thank NHS England, and in particular Jo Fox, for all of their support to get to today.”

Deborah Tomalin, Director of Commissioning for NHS England in Kent, Surrey and Sussex said:

“We are pleased to provide this investment to Glebe Surgery which will provide significant improvements for patients.

“The NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund supports improvements in GP premises and infrastructure with the key aim of expanding and improving patient access to local GP services.

“This project in Storrington is a major investment and is an excellent example of why this fund has been set-up and how it will directly improve local patient services.”

Within the plans, the new build will enable the surgery to:

  • An on-site pharmacy that will be independent from the practice but allow easier communication between Healthcare Professionals working in the building and Pharmacists. 
  • Additional clinical space to bring services out of hospital to the local community, including counselling, physiotherapy and occupational therapy services.
  • Bring together multidisciplinary teams of GPs, practice staff, community services, social care and the voluntary sector to work alongside each other to care for those who are frail;
  • Hold education and training sessions for staff, and also for patients, within appropriate facilities.