No new Chapel St Leonards doctors surgery until ‘at least 2014’

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Patients in Chapel St Leonards will be left waiting for a ‘vital’ new doctors surgery until ‘at least 2014’ after health service changes delayed plans.

The village had been earmarked for a new facility to replace the current practice, which patients had labelled ‘not fit for purpose’.

However, the Beacon Medical Practice Patient Participation Group has learnt that those plans had been put to one side after Lincolnshire’s Primary Care Trust was replaced by a new health body, which is ‘unlikely to look at anything before April 2014’.

Group chairman Richard Enderby says the current practice is still a ‘major concern’ and the PPG will do ‘everything in its power’ to press for the new facility.

“It’s vital that we get a new practice as the present premises are not fit for purpose,” he said.

“It’s really overcrowded in there - you can go in some days and see people standing in the waiting room and when you look at the practices in Skegness and Ingoldmells it really stands out.”

The PPG is also concerned that the new decision making body - NHS England (Lincolnshire and Leicestershire Area) - will be less inclined to view the new facility as a priority.

“The disappointment is that we are now weighted with Leicestershire which we did not want - when you look at some of the towns we are competing with it’s chalk and cheese,” said Mr Enderby.