Patients at a Poulton-le-Fylde doctors’ surgery are soon to benefit from plush new surroundings following refurbishment work at the historic Wyre Civic Centre.

Work to transform part of the building into a new home for the Lockwood Surgery in Lockwood Avenue is set to be completed in mid-March, with a view to the GP practice relocating the following month.

Extensive internal refurbishment work has seen a portion of the building, which is the headquarters of Wyre Borough Council, turned into waiting rooms, as well as clinic and patient consultation rooms to make the building appropriate to house health facilities.

Dr Tony Naughton, NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group clinical chief officer, said: “It has been no secret that the facilities in Lockwood Avenue are not suitable as we look to provide care for generations to come.

“Patients at Lockwood will be pleased to enjoy fantastic new facilities when accessing their local GP practice at a building that is just 100 yards away from their old surgery.

“This move is part of a wider appraisal the CCG is conducting of all NHS property in Fylde and Wyre to make sure all our buildings meet the needs of our ambitious plans to improve healthcare in the decades to come.

“We will soon be publishing our new Estates Strategy as part of our 2030 Vision for Health and Care. As a result of this we may move other surgeries if we identify a need for improvement in terms of the buildings’ suitability for future generations of patients.”

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Wyre Civic Centre

Lockwood Surgery practice manager Nathalie Lewin said: “Our current building is no longer ideal for our patients so we are really pleased to be able to take advantage of this new facility.

“Patient feedback over the move has been universally supportive and our Patient Participation Group took part in a consultation exercise ahead of this decision.

“And with the Civic Centre being so close to Lockwood, it really is the ideal move for our patients, doctors and staff.”

Garry Payne, chief executive at Wyre Council, said: “Creating a healthier Wyre is one of the council’s priorities and the creation of a health hub in Poulton is the first step towards improving the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“The idea is to integrate traditional health services with council services that can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing, such as debt and welfare advice, volunteering, care and repair and housing options. GPs will be able to refer patients directly to these services and they will all be under one roof.

“Working together with partners like NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG has a much greater impact and while it will undoubtedly save money, residents will receive better quality, tailored care.”


 

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