Horndean Surgery is finally set to end its long-awaited eight-year wait for a new home.
A date – January 31 – has been set for the practice to re-locate even closer to the heart of the community that it serves at a new purpose-built premises at 7-11 London Road.
Letters will be sent to patients to inform them later this month, but it's the move that senior partner Dr Mark Coombe and his team have been eagerly-anticipating for so long.
Staff will move on Friday and the new surgery will be open to welcome its first patients on Monday February 3 after what's sure to be a hectic weekend of final prepations.
Dr Coombe said: "It's a dream which has finally come true – but the wait has also been, if we are honest, a bit of a nightmare at times as our plans have dragged.. The process has just taken much longer than we thought or hoped that it would.
"My thanks to all our patients over the years, and our team here too. Our existing facilities have not been the best and we outgrew them a long time ago. But now we have a fresh and exciting new start to look forward to.”
The practice's existing site - a small converted house in Blendworth Lane – will be disposed of after the relocation just 0.2 miles away.
The practice was originally set up for 500 registered patients. It now has around 5,500.
The new premises will provide adequate space to provide a number of things that the surgery cannot currently provide for its patients and staff, including:
- More much-needed clinical space for our existing GPs.
- Improved training facilities for GPs
- Increased Clinical space for nursing staff
- A staff area
- A private area for patients
- A separate kitchen
- A much more appropriate sized waiting room, to further improve facilities for our patients
- Storage space
- Conference/meeting facilities
- Much improved facilities for patients with a disability, parents with pushchairs and the frail elder.
The practice will be writing to the head of every household of all its registered patient addresses to inform them of the relocation.