A new doctors’ surgery is in the works, with it being approved and set to serve 12,000 Brighton patients.
Brighton and Hove City Council and the NHS have joined forces in order to fund the project, intending to spend £1.6m on developing and fitting the new premises. The funding was approved by the council’s Policy, Resources and Growth Committee at Hove town hall last night, (Thursday 13th July).
Councillors have agreed to borrow £850,000 in order to add to the NHS England’s Estates and Technology Transformation Fund’s £813,000. They’re hoping that the money will transform the old council-owned building into a modern day GP surgery.
Ardingly Court Surgery will move about 500 yards from the old premises, to the new surgery located next to the Royal Pavilion in Old Steine. The building is currently owned by Brighton and Hove City Council and will be let to the surgery who currently practice on Ardingly Street.
It was reported to the council that seven GP surgeries have closed in Brighton over the past years, so the deal comes at a good time with concern raising about lack of local surgeries.
A report to councillors stated: “This proposal increases general practice capacity to meet current demand and increasing population.”