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Fear Stanton Surgery extension proposals will not meet patient demand

A temporary Portakabin could be replaced by an extension under new plans by Stanton Surgery – but concerns it will not meet patient demand have been expressed.

A treatment room, four GP consulting rooms, interview room and administrative and storage areas could be created as a result of the proposals, which have been submitted to West Suffolk Council.

No car parking would be lost, with the extension built on the existing surgery and Portakabin footprint.

Stanton village feature .windmill, bus stop, village sign. (35919438)
Stanton village feature .windmill, bus stop, village sign. (35919438)

A design and access statement said the Portakabin had allowed the surgery to operate a greater capacity.

“This application to replace the Portakabin with a permanent structure recognises the success this temporary accommodation has had,” it added.

The provision laid out in this application is intended as a replacement and will provide a slight uplift in the total accommodation gained,” it added.

The Portakabin is due to removed on or before October 3, however the surgery has asked for removal to coincide with construction work on the extension.

But Joanna Spicer, Suffolk county councillor, said she was disappointed the NHS locally was supporting the proposal given the surgery’s capacity would not meet patient needs, with hundreds of new homes built or planned in Stanton, Barningham, Walsham-le-Willows and Ixworth.

She said the GPs had already consulted on plans for a new health centre next to the primary school – proposals which were supported at the time by MP Matt Hancock.

“Once we are through the current health crisis I shall ask him to use his influence to get different parts of the NHS to work with the county council and develop strategic options for a new health centre,” said Cllr Spicer.

“I now hope local primary care leaders will engage with Suffolk County Council and partners to help this happen rather than spending public money on a small extension which will hardly cope with present patient needs let alone future growth.”

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