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MODERN health facilities are finally on the way to patients as plans for a new surgery are unveiled.

For many years people in Horndean have been crying out for a new surgery.

The current surgery was built in 1968 in Blendworth Lane and is under strain as it was only ever designed for 800 patients.

With around 5,000 patients now on the list, GPs and local residents have banded together to come up with a new location for the surgery in the centre of the village.

After negotiations with developer Linden Homes, doctors hope to move into new accommodation next to the Spar shop in London Road, below the affordable housing flats.

The new surgery will be three times bigger, with more consulting and treatment rooms.

Dr Mark Coombe, from The Surgery in Horndean, said: ‘We will be able to offer space for community NHS services like visiting consultant specialists, a wider variety and more frequent chronic disease management clinics including asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dementia, mental health and leg ulcer dressings. We will also have space for complimentary services like physiotherapy, chiropractor, acupuncture, and chiropody.’

Getting to this stage has not been easy as doctors are having to take out personal loans to cover two thirds of the cost.

Dr Coombe explained: ‘This has been a big decision for us with the aim to provide a surgery for our village for the foreseeable future, employment for all our staff and hoping that at some point in the future the NHS, especially with all the new houses locally, will recognise the need to fund it.’

The new surgery could be open by summer 2015.

Dr Coombe added: ‘We have struggled for many years in very poor conditions but the staff have worked over and above to keep it going.’

Horndean Councillor Guy Shepherd said: ‘The surgery is regarded as one of the best practices in Hampshire and this will only add to its reputation.’