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St Clements Surgery
is getting new
premises

Find out about the new build and stay up to date with the latest information below.

What would the new building mean for patients?

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Modern facilities

Digital health hub

Minor surgery and treatment rooms

Space to work alongside

other services and local organisations

Dedicated staff

training space

Privacy, dignity and access for all

Three disabled

visitor parking bays

 

Why does St Clements Surgery need new premises?

The practice is based in a dated 1960s building on Tanner Street in Winchester, serving more than 17,500 local people and part of the Winchester City Primary Care Network. Its premises have reached the end of their useful life: they are far too small for the number of patients the practice cares for and aren’t fit to provide primary care services into the future. Waiting areas have no windows, the building doesn’t work well for patients with disabilities, rooms are cramped, and the site isn’t energy efficient. 

 

The practice has long needed better premises and has been working for almost two decades to find a new home. Together with Winchester City Council and West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, the practice has developed a proposal for a new medical centre space on the Upper Brook Street car park, to create the facilities the practice team needs for the future of care in Winchester city centre.

 

You can view the plans below.
 

 

Click here to give us your view on the plans for the new surgery.

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This site for the new building was selected in an options appraisal almost two decades ago as part of the city centre regeneration plans, but has never before been able to progress due to delays with the wider city centre work. A location to serve city centre patients has always been crucial: there are no other practices based nearby, so it’s vital that St Clements remains here. This means that site options were very limited.

The medical centre will be only metres from the current practice building, protecting crucial access to primary care in the heart of the city. The council has appointed primary care property specialist Assura to deliver the new centre.

Take a look at the 3D reception and consulting room below by clicking on the images.

 

Latest updates

State of the art medical centre at the heart of Winchester moves to next stage.

  

Winchester City Council and Assura plc has exchanged contracts for a 150 year long leasehold for the Upper Brook Street car park site, ahead of the planned re-location of nearby St Clements Surgery. 

  

Assura plc will now commence the work on delivering an all-new medical facility in the city centre and expect construction to start on site in 2022. The new site designs will be overhauled to better cater for the modern needs of primary care, including increased digital-uptake of services and pandemic resilience. Since February 2020 the council has worked with St Clements Surgery GP Practice and West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to deliver a building to meet the needs of local residents.  

  

Planning permission for the scheme was granted in 2016 and minor amendments are now being planned to ensure the layout is future-proofed and adapted to ensure the latest advancements clinical care can be accommodated. 

  

Assura plc and the CCG have also jointly-commissioned an in-depth multi-year study to assess the increased digital-first focus of GPs on patient outcomes, a testament to their commitment to the project and continued innovation.  

  

On 13 October St Clements and Assura will be holding a public drop-in event at the Guildhall for those who wish to find out more on the project.  

  

Cabinet Member for Housing and Asset Management, Cllr Kelsie Learney, added: 

“We’re delighted that the development of the Upper Brook St GP surgery has moved to the next stage. The new building will help provide better medical care in the heart of Winchester.” 

  

GP Partner at St Clements Surgery, Dr Suzie Burns, said: 

“We are extremely excited about our new development, our patients and staff deserve a modern practice, equipped to meet the needs of our city centre population. The new building will provide us with well-designed spaces for face to face consultations and better accessibility for those with disabilities, dementia, young children and extra needs.” 

  

Clinical Director at North and Mid Hampshire CCG, Dr Charlotte Hutchings, said:  

“This is a priority project and we are pleased to support it and benefit patients locally.” 

What practice staff say:

 

“Our current building is being held together by ‘sticky plasters’, so a new building is very exciting & long overdue.”

 

“Many rooms are far too small. Some are ‘dark cupboards’; as a partner I feel very unhappy putting any of our staff in there to work, but we often have no choice.”

 

“Our current building is very old and run down, patients always comment and we have been promising a new building for years. A new building with a better layout, more energy efficient and greener would be amazing.”

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The Assura Community Fund

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Through its national community fund, Assura – the appointed developer for the scheme - offers small grants to health-improving charity projects in the communities around all new medical centres that it builds. It means that a local health project in Winchester can benefit from a grant, and this will be explored with local organisations as the proposed scheme moves ahead.

 

Click here to suggest a local project you think should be invited to apply.  

 
 
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