HEALTH bosses are being urged not to waste an opportunity to bring more health services to a town when a new surgery opens.
Plans are being finalised for a new surgery on the site of the former Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital.
We are delighted that a new surgery is at last to be built on this site but it would be madness to do this without stopping to think about the future health service needs of the areaStephanie Elsy
A survey of 650 people carried out by Emsworth Forum revealed the majority – 80 per cent – would also like to see additional services such as physiotherapy, blood tests and a minor injury unit.
Now Stephanie Elsy, chairwoman of the forum, has written to the NHS commissioning body, South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning group, to request they consider the extra services and carry out a full needs assessment.
Ms Elsy said: ‘We are delighted that a new surgery is at last to be built on this site but it would be madness to do this without stopping to think about the future health service needs of the area.
‘We have an aging population, new housing schemes happening and on the horizon and many patients already find it difficult to access services.
‘Emsworth sits half-way between Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, and St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester, and could relieve the pressure on them and Oak Park (hospital) if more was available in Emsworth.
‘These results show how much people care about this in Emsworth and demonstrate their good sense and brilliant community spirit.
‘We would like to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to reply with many thoughtful and considered comments.’
Emsworth Surgery will be taking over the hospital site and doctors there have been holding regular meetings with Havant MP Alan Mak and Emsworth councillors.
At a previous meeting Dr Abu Chinwala said doctors were working with the NHS over the plans for the new surgery.
Mr Mak said: ‘This is a matter for the doctors at the present surgery, and the CCG to decide. When I convened a meeting between all parties they certainly agreed to listen to all the representatives.’
Dr Theo Schofield, who is in charge of health and social care at the forum, said: ‘The new building needs to be planned to be fit for the future.’