Andover Health Centre Medical Practice is set to move to a brand new, two-storey, purpose-built wing of Andover War Memorial Hospital following NHS approval of a multi-million pound redevelopment.
The new home of Andover Health Centre Medical Practice (AHCMP) GP surgery is a result of long-term partnership working between Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and will replace the existing GP surgery. The development will provide modern, fit-for-purpose accommodation for over 14,000 registered patients and surgery staff, as well as a NHS community specialist care dental service.
Construction of the GP surgery is set to start in October 2020, and is due to be completed in one year. Planning permission was granted by Test Valley Borough Council in April 2020. To enable construction of the new building, part of the hospital building that currently houses a small number of offices and conference rooms will be demolished. Hospital services will remain unaffected throughout the course of the build process and when the new surgery is open.
The new GP surgery will ensure that care continues to be delivered in the local community and will help meet local population growth.
Rachael King, Director of Commissioning, NHS West Hampshire CCG said, "This approval now means we can proceed with the redevelopment of a brand new GP Surgery in Andover, enabling the continued provision of high quality healthcare from modern fit for purpose premises".
Alex Whitfield, Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: "We are looking forward to working with local GPs to continue to provide the best possible care for the local community. We know how important it is for people to be able to access care closer to their homes, and this is a great step forward in providing modern facilities for the people of Andover".
Dr Rosemary Griffiths, Senior Partner at Andover Health Centre said: "The Andover Health Centre team are thrilled to have confirmation that work will shortly commence on our new Health Centre. The building will enable us to continue to provide the best possible care for our patients in modern premises. Remaining on the War Memorial site with its additional services including X-Ray and Phlebotomy is an additional benefit to our patients and we are grateful to all those concerned who have come together to reach agreement on this project".