WEDMORE NEW PREMISES
Update on proposed new surgery in Wedmore.
As you may be aware the Axbridge & Wedmore Community Health Fund is undertaking a feasibility study for a replacement branch surgery in Wedmore, to provide long-term income for the Fund. Axbridge & Wedmore Medical Practice is part of North Sedgemoor Primary Care Network (PCN). This network is composed of five practices, Axbridge & Wedmore, Cheddar, Brent, Burnham and Highbridge.
We have been informed that NHS England and NHS Improvement have very recently instigated a ‘Clinical and Estate Strategy’ programme across all Primary Care Networks. This review is designed to anticipate future clinical service requirements and the estate that will be needed to fulfil those needs. This review will assess the needs of the whole North Sedgemoor PCN community, and not just Wedmore. This is unlikely to be completed until sometime in 2023. This means that our plans for a ‘new surgery’ or health facility to replace the existing Wedmore surgery cannot be seen in isolation from the needs of the population covered by the PCN.
Therefore our ‘new surgery’ project must be put on hold and await the outcome of the ‘Clinical and Estate Strategy’ review from NHS England before progressing plans any further. We will ensure that any work that has been completed so far on this project will be incorporated and taken into consideration in this ‘Clinical and Estate Strategy’ review.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our donors and those that have worked so hard on this project so far.
Alan Benson, Chair
On behalf of Axbridge and Wedmore Community Health Fund
4 August 2022
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