A GP practice based in an outdated building is hoping to improve services by extending its building.
The Copnor Road surgery, which belongs to The Derby Road Group Practice, is at risk of failing a Care Quality Commission inspection as it only has one small consulting room downstairs, and the treatment rooms are at the top of steep stairs.
This would be a great opportunity to improve the patient care provided at the practiceDr Tahwinder Upile
Patients who cannot climb the stairs and need to see the nurse on the first floor need to wait until the end of the day or go to the other surgery in Derby Road.
In addition, the practice’s patient participation group has repeatedly raised the issue of access to the site and wants more appointments to be made available.
A report presented to Portsmouth’s Primary Care Commissioning Board – which deals with issues related to GP practices – highlighted that the surgery is already at full capacity but recognised developments such as further housing in the north of the city means there might be a rise in demand.
Practice bosses want to buy the property next door, which would provide two extra consulting rooms – one upstairs and one downstairs – and an additional treatment room.
At the board meeting approval was given for extra funding should the extension take place.
Dr Tahwinder Upile, who sits on the board, said: ‘The stairs patients have to go up are very steep.
‘This would be a great opportunity to improve the patient care provided at the practice.’
The property is valued at £210,000, and a further £98,000 is needed to transform the site into a GP surgery – a cost the practice would pay for upfront.
The practice will look to apply for an improvement grant, which is a fund held by NHS England Wessex, or put in a bid to the national GP infrastructure fund.
But as these could take some time, the practice is looking to fund the purchase and redevelopment itself.
The commissioning board has agreed that if the purchase and redevelopment of the extension is successful, then the practice will see an increase from £10,350 per annum to about £24,500.
The practice declined to comment.