Almost 90 per cent of people who responded to a survey about developing a state of the art new health centre for Kirkham, Wesham and the surrounding area said they were in favour of the development.

The findings of a survey launched by NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been independently analysed by leading market research firm QA Research.

The survey, which received 1,191 responses, found that 89 per cent of people were either ‘very happy’ or ‘happy’ with the proposal for a new health centre.

The survey was launched as the CCG works with the two Kirkham GP practices, Ash Tree House Surgery and Kirkham Health Centre, to find a way to improve facilities so they can meet the demands of an ever-increasing local population and also provide new services in the community.

The CCG has proposed to knock down the NHS Wesham Offices in Derby Road to make way for the new health centre.

The analysis of the survey has been published today at www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/derbyroad

Dr Tony Naughton, CCG clinical chief officer and a local GP, said: “I would like to personally thank everyone who has taken the time to give us their views on this exciting proposal.

“We wanted to give the people of Kirkham, Wesham and beyond the chance to have their say on this proposal. If they told us they didn’t want this development to go ahead then we wouldn’t take it any further.

“We are delighted at the response to the survey. More than six per cent of the people registered at the practices gave us their views.

“Having had the results of the survey independently analysed to ensure there is full impartiality in the interpretation of the results, we can now start thinking about the next steps in this proposal.”

The CCG’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee (PCCC) will meet on Monday 20 November from 3.30pm to look at an application from the two GP practices to relocate. If given permission by the PCCC, the Governing Body will decide at its meeting on Tuesday 21 November (1pm to 3pm) whether or not to support the proposed development.

Both CCG meetings will be held in public and anyone is welcome to attend. Space for observers is limited so anyone wishing to attend must email fwccg.enquiries@nhs.net in order to guarantee a seat in the audience.

If the project is given the go-ahead locally, a final decision on the proposals would then be made by NHS Property Services, which owns the building in Derby Road.


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.