NHS South Yorkshire is today launching a consultation on proposed plans which would see nine GP practices move to new buildings by 2024.
Dr Zak McMurray, Medical Director for Sheffield, NHS South Yorkshire ICB, said: “While this consultation is about building new health centres, it is not just about bricks and mortar. This is an opportunity to provide services in a better way.
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“The city needs more clinical staff, more accessible and better services, and better facilities and technologies. There is a chronic shortage of GPs in the UK and a growing population in Sheffield.
Plans would see Burngreave Surgery and Sheffield Medical Center move to Spital Street; Page Hall Medical Center and Upwell Street Surgery to Rushby Street; Firth Park Surgery and Shiregreen Medical Center at Concord Sports Center and The Health Care Surgery, Buchanan Road Surgery and Margetson Surgery are moving to Buchanan Road/Wordsworth Avenue.
Meanwhile, early feedback from residents suggests that most people who responded to a survey did not support the project and were unwilling to travel further to use better, more modern buildings.
Firth Park Surgery GP Dr Josh Meek spoke in favor of the plans.
“We haven’t had new funding to develop GP buildings for many years in these areas and this investment has the potential to benefit over 50,000 patients,” Dr Meek said.
“These modern, energy-efficient buildings would be much more spacious, giving practices the opportunity to expand and hopefully offer more services on site. We also hope this will help attract new GPs to these areas.
Dr McMurray urged people to share their views, adding: ‘Before we make a decision in December, we want to hear from as many people as possible. Please share your views with us – both positives and concerns.”
You can express yourself in several ways before the consultation closes on October 9.