Fears raised as Fareham GPs have more patients than the average

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FEARS have been raised that GPs in Fareham are becoming swamped with patients.

And all this is before 6,000 new homes could be built with the new town Welborne.

All but one of the 10 surgeries had more than 1,850 patients, with Portchester Health Centre being the only one to have less, with 1,645 registered.

The highest was the Jubilee Surgery, in High Street, Titchfield, with patient numbers at 2,565.

The Brook Lane Surgery in Sarisbury Green came in second with 2,419 patients.

Mr Hoban said: ‘The surgeries in Fareham are already seeing more patients than the national average.

‘New homes to the west of Fareham and the closure of one GPs’ surgery are driving up the number of patients.

‘Things are so bad in parts of the town that potential patients are being turned away from their nearest surgery.

‘Increased numbers make it harder to get routine appointments, potentially causing more people to go to A&E.

‘The Welborne proposal does include doctors’ surgeries and as long as they are built, there shouldn’t be a concern in regards to the extra houses.

‘But we will have to wait and see what happens once it is built and how it works.’

Mr Hoban met NHS Wessex director Debbie Fleming to discuss plans to recruit more GPs.

The proposals for an extra 6,000 houses at Welborne have also caused concerns for residents who think Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, could be affected.

Concerned Fareham resident Brian Eastop, 75, said the additional patients could have a major impact on the hospital.

‘I’m concerned whether the hospital could cope with a minimum of 10,000 new prospective patients if Welborne gets the go-ahead,’ he said.

‘This figure would be greatly increased if hundreds or thousands more houses are added as a result of other developments.’

But a council spokesman said Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been consulted.

He said: ‘The trust which manages QA has been consulted at both the draft plan consultation stage in 2013 and during the publication plan representations period.

‘To date, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has not submitted concerns during either consultation period, regarding forward capacity at QA arising from the development of Welborne.’

Jubilee Surgery, Titchfield - 2,565 (National average – 1,850)

Brook Lane Surgery, Sarisbury Green - 2,419

The Whiteley Surgery - 2,346

Lockswood Surgery, Locks Heath - 2,192

Westlands Medical Centre, Portchester - 2,172

Gudge Heath, Fareham - 2,097

The Centre Practice, Fareham - 2,076

Stubbington Surgery, Stubbington - 2,019

Highlands Medical Centre, Fareham - 1,891

Portchester Health Centre, Portchester - 1,645