Two GP surgeries could merge into one in Coleford

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Thursday, September 24th, 2020 12:13pm

By Leigh Boobyer - Local Democracy Reporter

Two GP practices in the Forest of Dean could merge into a new £5.4million surgery if plans are given the go-ahead.

Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it has applied to merge Brunston and Lydbrook Practice and Coleford Family Doctors into a new, single purpose-built facility

The new practice, proposed to be built in Coleford, is expected to open in 2022 and would serve approximately 15,000 patients.

The proposed building site is on the edge of Coleford in an area known as The Gorse, adjacent to both the Coombs nursing home and the Great Oaks Hospice.

The CCG said both practices have “outgrown their premises” and new health centre would meet the demands of a growing local population.

Director of primary care the CCG, Helen Goodey said: “We are delighted that this development is moving forward.

“The new health centre would be modern, spacious and environmentally friendly, and would enable doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to offer a broader range of services to patients.

“It is hoped that subject to planning permission being obtained in January 2021, building work on the new centre could start in summer 2021, taking around 12 months to complete.”

On behalf of both practices, Dr Elizabeth Williams, GP partner at Coleford Family Doctors, said: “We are delighted that that this new health centre in Coleford is moving a step closer to becoming a reality, and we look forward to progressing our plans to bring much needed, modern and spacious premises to the area.

“This would really help us to meet the ever increasing health and care needs of our patients and ensure that we can continue to provide high quality services for years to come.”

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