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Local MP Alan Mak has launched a campaign calling on the Emsworth Surgery’s doctors to keep an ongoing presence in the town centre following a potential move of their main surgery to a new building at Redlands Grange.
Talks between the doctors and NHS England to build a modern health centre for Emsworth at Redlands Grange are at an advanced stage, with an announcement expected in the coming months.
In anticipation of the planned Redlands Grange move, Alan has brought together other community representatives in calling for a community presence to be maintained in the town centre – with a satellite surgery the preferred option. The doctors currently operate a satellite surgery in Westbourne, close to the location of the new clinic.
Speaking after the launch, Alan encouraged all residents to back his campaign by signing-up as supporters on his website to demonstrate the community’s support for a surgery presence in the town centre.
Alan said: "Over the last three years I’ve chaired a number of meetings between the doctors, the NHS and other stakeholders to turn our vision of a modern health centre for Emsworth into a reality and to identify the best possible option that meets the long-term needs of the community.
“Some people hoped that the old Victoria Cottage Hospital site could be used. However, the doctors have the final say, and their view is that a new, modern purpose-built facility at Redlands Grange secures the long term clinical needs of local residents.
“Nevertheless, I believe it’s important that some presence is maintained in the town centre, especially for those residents who would find it harder to access the new facilities at Redlands Grange. That’s why I have launched my campaign to persuade the doctors that Emsworth Surgery needs to keep a presence in the town centre.”
The campaign has been backed by the business community, with Sue Treagust from the Emsworth Business Association saying that it was important for the town that the doctors have a retained presence.
She said: “Although I am disappointed by the decision to move to Redlands Grange, I believe now that it’s vital the community comes together to ensure that some health provision remains in the town centre. I’m support the aims of Alan’s campaign and I encourage all residents to get behind it.”
The campaign is also supported by all three of the Emsworth councillors, who backed the push to retain services in the town centre.
Cllr Richard Kennett said: “From speaking with residents I believe most people wish to finally see a modern health centre for Emsworth even if that means moving to Redlands Grange. However, I fully back Alan’s idea of a satellite surgery which is a sensible compromise and hopefully something that everyone can get behind.”
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Campaign Update 13/6/18
Thank you for joining my Emsworth Surgery Campaign and signing the petition calling on the Emsworth Surgery's doctors to maintain a presence in the town centre.
As a supporter of the Campaign, I wanted to get in touch to update you on the Campaign’s progress and let you know what you and your friends, neighbours and others can do to get involved. After the initial media launch the Campaign was paused for the local elections, but now that is over, the Campaign continues in earnest.
Since becoming your local MP in May 2015, I’ve been working hard on this important local issue which has been live for around a decade. I am committed to turning our shared vision of a modern health centre for Emsworth into a reality.
That’s included facilitating discussions between the Practice’s doctors (who are in business together as a partnership), the Department of Health, NHS officials, and the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to identify the best possible site.
While many involved in that process had hoped that the old Victoria Cottage Hospital site would be a suitable location, the doctors have indicated that it is not suitable for them and instead they wish to move to a new, purpose-built site at Redlands Grange. Ultimately, the final decision is made by the doctors who operate as a business, and their final decision is expected in the coming months.
However, if the move to Redlands Grange does go ahead, the aim of my community campaign is to ensure that the doctors maintain a presence in the town centre – with a satellite surgery the preferred option. The doctors currently operate a satellite surgery in Westbourne, close to the location of the new Redlands Grange clinic, so the precedent already exists.
I will be speaking to the doctors again in the coming weeks and I’ll be in touch to let you know about any update in due course.
What can you do now?
In the meantime, I am still asking residents to help me maintain momentum on the Campaign. Here are 3 things you can do:
- Sign the petition if have not done so already - and encourage all of your friends, family, neighbours and others to do the same. This can be done via www.AlanMak.org.uk/Surgery
- Join me to hand deliver leaflets raising awareness of the campaign. Delivery sessions will be taking place on 21 June and 5 July, please contact me for more details using my online contact form.
- Volunteer in your own time to deliver the campaign leaflet in Emsworth - please click here to let me know when you are available, and we will provide you with leaflets.
Further updates will be posted on my website at this link - www.AlanMak.org.uk/Surgery - and I will also e-mail you again when there is something material to report.
In the meantime, thank you once again for your support, and please be reassured that I am continuing to work on this important local community issue.
Alan Mak MP