A GP at Market Weighton Surgery has welcomed the news that plans to build a state-of-the-art surgery have been approved in principle.
The development on Holme Road was given the nod by the NHS recently, along with Pocklington’s proposed new surgery.
While detailed plans of Pocklington’s move to a site on West Green were revealed for the first time, well-documented issues over the site in Market Weighton has plagued the ambitious project in recent years. The latest news has been timely, according to practice partner Dr Clive Henderson.
He said: “We have deferred full formal applications for PCT (Primary Care Trust) approval, having relied on previous general written support and assurances whilst we worked on securing the site and funding.
“As it turns out, Pocklington and Market Weighton gained provisional approval on the same day.
“Full and final business cases are going before the Cluster Board for Market Weighton some time between December 2011 and March 2012.
“We are hopeful we can resolve site issues by that time.”
The new Market Weighton development should include outpatient facilities, a day case theatre and integrated pharmacy, along with enhanced palliative care facilities.
In March, Dr Henderson expressed his frustration over what he saw as a lack of progress after the project was given provisional planning permission in September 2010, six years after the plans were first mooted.
The application is in conjunction with plans to build 325 new homes in the Holme Road area and a new roundabout to connect the homes and the new surgery to the busy A1079.
House builders Barratt pulled out of the proposed deal in 2009 leaving the project without a developer.
A dispute also broke out between East Riding Council and the landowners, with both accusing the other of stifling progress.
Despite this, Dr Henderson is adamant that new facilities are urgently needed as the existing surgery on Londesborough Road struggles to cope with the growing population of the town.
He said “The West Wolds is in great need of enhanced primary care premises to cope with increasing list sizes and a demographic which is increasingly elderly with all the attendant health and social care needs.”
This was supported by the outline business case assessment who said local health services are being “severely compromised and constricted” due to a lack of space at the existing surgery.
The report predicts that the population of Market Weighton would increase by 25 per cent in the coming years, rising to over 11,000, so improved facilities were needed.