Portsmouth surgery plans debated

Dr Jim Hogan, head of the Portsmouth GP consortia, with the demolition equipment which is pulling down the old St Mary's Hospital A&E to make way for the new health campus.''Picture:Steve Reid 111295-934
Dr Jim Hogan, head of the Portsmouth GP consortia, with the demolition equipment which is pulling down the old St Mary's Hospital A&E to make way for the new health campus.''Picture:Steve Reid 111295-934

Community health day planned to educate residents

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PLANS to have a GP surgery inside a multi-million pound health campus are being considered by commissioners.

The St Mary’s Community Health Campus, in Milton Road, Milton, has been built on the former St Mary’s Hospital site.

As previously reported, the new £18.6m campus includes services such as a new outpatients’ department, a midwife-led maternity centre, sexual health services, podiatry, blood tests, speech and language therapy and chronic disease management.

But now the chairman of the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Jim Hogan, has said the panel is looking at whether to have a GP surgery there.

He said: ‘I’m very pleased with all the services this campus has.

‘We have had no negative feedback and we hope we have delivered what the community wanted.

‘We have been thinking about having a GP surgery on site.

‘It would seem to make sense.’

Alongside this, Dr Hogan is also asking people to get in contact with suggestions on what else they would like to see at the campus.

He said: ‘I’m keen that the public give us more detail about what else they would like to have there.’

The health campus, which welcomed its first patients last December, was officially opened by Dr Hogan earlier this month.

He was joined by a host of former and retired St Mary’s Hospital staff, as a plaque was unveiled to mark the occasion.

Work on redeveloping the site started in 2009.

The scheme received £17.1m from the Department of Health.

NHS Portsmouth provided the other £1.5m.

To send suggestions for services to the CCG panel, email enquiries@portsmouth.ccg.nhs.uk.

Or write to Dr Jim Hogan, Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, Locksway Road Southsea, Hampshire, PO4 8LD.