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Housing developer to help fund new ‘super-practice’ serving 1,700 homes

A housing developer is to contribute to the building of a new 'super-practice' in the south of England due to the development of 1,700 homes in the area, commissioners have said. 

In documents released by Cherwell District Council, it was revealed that developer Portfolio Property Partners Ltd will provide ‘financial contributions’ for a new GP surgery to accommodate patients moving to housing estate Himley Village in North West Bicester.

NHS Oxfordshire CCG said it is not planning to open a new GP surgery, but has laid out plans to expand three existing Bicester practices - including the creation of a new purpose-built site for two of them - which the developer cash will be used for.

The proposals are designed to accommodate the town's expected rise in population of 20,000 people over the next 10 years.

Planning committee documents from Cherwell District Council show multiple housing developments are being considered in the town, including applications from Portfolio Property Partners Ltd, which will provide 'financial contribution' towards a new GP surgery serving one of the new housing estates.

The papers said: '[The developer would] provide financial contribution to the provision of a new GP surgery or such other interim measure as may be required.'

The documents also outlined the developers' consultation with NHS England, which approved of a new practice and said a financial contribution 'towards the funding of the new facility should be made in addition'.

The developer said: 'This facility [proposed new GP surgery] has been necessitated as a direct consequence of the housing growth and the failure to provide this contribution would undermine the overall sustainability of the proposed house development.'

While NHS Oxfordshire CCG has said it has 'no plans' to open a new GP surgery, it said it will welcome funds for the super-practice.

The new super-surgery will be formed from the combination and expansion of three practices in Bicester: 20,000-patient practice Alchester Medical Group and 15,000-patient Montgomery House Surgery will move to a larger purpose-built site, and Bicester Health Centre – which serves 13,000 patients – will expand at its current site in the centre of the town.

Recent CCG meetings show the new site is expected to open in 2022. The two practices recently expressed preference for the new site to be in the south of the town, in Graven Hill, but the CCG has said it has not yet decided on a location.

A CCG spokesperson said: ‘The new "super surgery" site – wherever is decided – will accommodate the two practices (Alchester Medical Group and Montgomery House Surgery) so the growing population of the town has access to primary care services.

‘We would welcome developer contributions to the new site above, but we are not expecting to have another GP practice in north-west Bicester.’

Chris A’Court, a spokesperson for Alchester Medical Group and Montgomery House Surgery, said: ‘We believe that the plans Alchester Medical Group and Montgomery House Surgery have put forward for the new super-surgery at Graven Hill, along with Bicester Health Centre’s expansion, will provide the necessary capacity for all patients in and around Bicester for decades into the future.'

He added: ‘Our practices are already carefully managing the impact of the significant boom in Bicester’s population, but delivering the new super-surgery on time for patients will be essential as the new housing developments fill up and further housing developments start to be built here.’

Pulse revealed last year local authorities are not giving GP surgeries enough share of funding they receive from housing developers, meaning practices wishing to expand are missing out on millions despite the influx of new residents.

Readers' comments (8)

  • Great! A new surgery.........just gotta magic up some GPs now........

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  • Will need to find super dooper trooper GPs to work there. good luck!!!!!!

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  • Good luck getting the staff. Remember DR BG, a lack of staffing is not taken into account by the CQC and GMC in Gross Negligence Manslaughter charges.

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  • Super

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  • David Banner

    “What a beautiful building! May I see a doctor please?”
    “Sure. Here’s a map to show you the way to A&E”
    “Oooh! It’s laminated too! Wonderful!”

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  • how is a 1700 patient surgery labelled a 'super surgery'; I thought branch surgeries were a thing of the past

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  • Took Early Retirement

    1700 dwellings I think, but even so, c 4,000 people maybe?

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  • will transport be available to get patients to surgery easily, are more consultants and nurses being added to take on the extra secondary care load, also more district nurses, health visitors etc etc, what is the impact on flooding risk and waste disposal in the town itself, what is the impact of more pollution from heating and transport required, are the properties geared for chronic disease in the elederly and diasabled, ie wide doorways, walk in showers and wide stairways for stair lifts, are they buidling mostly 2 bedroomed houses and tiered houses ie flats for the elederly below family above so family can care for their elederly relatives in purpose built dwellings - 40% of woman are predicted to become carers after the age of 50 in the next 10 years. if the builder is not addressing these issues and just selling 4 bedroomed house for profit then they are not decent caring human beings. if these issues are not being addressed then the council should not allow the houses to be built. having worked in an area where these considerations are not being addressed and housing estates are being allowed to be built anywhere where land is available the knock on effect has been massive flooding in the town, bad congestion well above WHO safety levels, unable to do home visits as stuck in traffic and an unwillingness to work as a locum there anymore. the more you build the more you drive staff away from working there if you dont put the infrastructure in place first. pure madness for profit that benefits no one in the end.

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