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Plans for new GP surgery go on display at the Caledon Community Centre.

19.08.2019

London Colney residents will get the chance to see plans for a new, spacious and modern GP medical centre at a special exhibition on the 10th September 2019 at the Caledon Community Centre from 14:00 until 19:00.

The drop-in will give patients and the community a preview of plans to create more space for the Lattimore and Village Surgery – which has outgrown its current premises.

The increased space provided by the proposed surgery building sited next to the Caledon Community Centre will mean the GPs can continue to serve the existing patient list by remaining at the heart of the community. Furthermore, the new building provides a sustainable solution to increasing patient demand, minor surgery and an onsite pharmacy.

Plans and visualizations that show how the facility will look will be on display on 10th September and representatives and GPs from Lattimore and Village Surgery, the architect – James Totty Partnership and ourselves, who are managing the development, will be on hand to answer questions. The drop-in session has been arranged to enable the public to comment on the plans that will form part of a formal planning application to St Albans City and District Council for the new surgery.

Denise Wait, Practice Manager for the Lattimore and Village Surgery said: “We’re looking forward to talking in more detail with patients and our local community about the plans for our new surgery. With our population growing quickly, our facilities to care for our patients need to keep up with that demand. This new building allows us to provide our St Albans and London Colney patients and the wider community with the excellent healthcare services they deserve in a modern purpose-built premise.  We are excited about the prospect of the journey to make this happen.”

Sue Fogden, Assistant Director – Premises, E&N Herts and Herts Valley CCG outlined, “As part of the General Practice Forward View’s commitment for more modernised buildings and better use of technology to help improve general practices services for patients, the Estates and Technology Transformation Fund is a multi-million pound investment to accelerate the development of infrastructure to enable the improvement and expansion of joined-up out of hospital care for patients. More broadly, it supports the delivery of Sustainability and Transformation Plans, set out in the Delivering the Forward View: NHS Planning Guidance 2016/17 – 2020/21. Under this programme, NHSE and HVCCG are supporting the Lattimore and Village Surgery to relocate into new purpose-built premises.”

David Sadler, our Senior Development Manager, says: “A growing population means more pressure on GP infrastructure so this new building would mean patients being cared for in modern facilities and being able to access more services here in the village. We very much look forward to sharing the plans with the community and hearing their views and ideas.”

If the application is approved, it’s expected that construction would start in late 2019 / early 2020 with the first patients using the building by early on in 2021.