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New GP surgery plans on display in Kent


Plans for a new, spacious and modern GP medical centre in Tonbridge town centre are going on display for patients.

The new Tonbridge Medical Group surgery building is designed to provide considerably more space than the group’s existing premises – meaning the GPs will be able to care for many more patients as well as running minor surgery on site, a pharmacy and space to deliver other clinical services and clinics.

Plans and pictures that show how the new facility will look will be on display at the Angel Centre, Tonbridge on Wednesday 5 July from 4-8pm, where representatives and GPs from Tonbridge Medical Group and Assura, who are managing the development, will be on hand. The drop in session has been arranged to enable the public to comment before a formal planning application to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council is made for the new surgery.

If approved, the new facility will to be built on the site of the former Teen and Twenty club. It will be large enough for both of the existing premises from which GP services are currently provided – at Pembury Road and Higham Lane, to be combined in one, modern purpose-built facility.

Senior Partner at the Tonbridge Medical Group Dr Tim Palmer explains: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us to provide the kind of facility that our patients deserve. As well as providing a larger, more modern facility we will be able to better provide a wide range of services including minor surgery and potential opportunity to offer new services that promote wellbeing. Access for patients with disabilities will also be improved. I hope that as many as possible of our current and future patients and local residents will take the time to come and have a look at the plans so that they can comment on them before we make a planning application.”

Our development manager, Simon Gould, says: “These GPs have been making do without the space or layout they need for many years, and with primary care at the very front-line of the NHS’ vision for the future, they want to make sure they have buildings fit for that purpose. By giving the group the flexibility and space to bring new services into the building, this development will offer a huge opportunity to lead innovation for patients in future.”

Assuming that all the relevant permissions are in place building will start in spring 2018, with completion expected to be in spring 2019.