NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is undertaking a review of all its buildings to make sure they meet the needs of ambitious plans to improve healthcare over the next 15 years.

A new Estates Strategy will be published in the New Year as the organisation – which is responsible for planning and buying health services across the area – continues to work towards its ‘2030 Vision for Health and Care’.

To meet its objectives, the CCG needs to identify any estates needs in terms of sustainability and, where necessary, look to relocate some practices into buildings with better access and longevity.

The strategy will look at the property portfolio of the NHS across the whole of the Fylde and Wyre CCG area.

Part of the strategy will relate to the planned development of a community health facility within Poulton-le-Fylde’s Wyre Civic Centre, which will become a health hub containing local GPs as well as providing a raft of new community-based health services to benefit patients in the area. 

And there will be similar moves across the rest of Fylde and Wyre where required, with the possibility of GP surgeries being moved into new or refurbished properties which have better access, automatic doors, wireless loops and other basic essentials required to offer modern primary care services.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer for the CCG, said: “We are looking at all our buildings closely to see whether they still meet the needs of patients and staff and if they will continue to meet those needs in the long-term.

“We are very excited about all the plans that form our 2030 vision and we are keen to ensure that we have the appropriate buildings to house all the exciting new developments we intend to bring forward throughout the next few decades.

“This is not just about improving the way we deliver health today. It is about how we improve health for the generations to come.”

All plans to relocate GP surgeries will be subject to the appropriate consultation as and when required.


 

Notes

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
  • For more information about the CCG and how to get involved log onto fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk