A revised planning application has now been submitted for the Sunningdale Health Hub that will bring together Magnolia House Surgery and Kings Corner Surgery on a single site and within a new, purpose-built building. Patients, carers and staff will all benefit from modern healthcare facilities that meet current standards and provide a significantly enhanced environment.
There was an initial planning application for a Health Hub on the same site in 2020. However, a review of the NHS Long Term Plan as well as the impact of COVID-19, concluded that the requirements should be re-assessed and the space reconfigured to take account of changes in the way that GP practices and other health services now operate, including dedicated space for GPs and other professionals to conduct virtual appointments. The opportunity was also taken to appoint new architects and take a fresh approach to the design of the building, resulting in new and exciting plans.
The Sunningdale Health Hub will help deliver the strategic objectives of the wider Ascot Plan, which is to modernise primary and community care for local residents over the coming years and continue to improve on the health outcomes of local people.
The Hub will provide GP services and a range of community specialist services, including physiotherapy, minor procedures, mental health care, specialist nursing clinics and maternity care, as well as space for out of hours community and voluntary groups through the provision of a group room.
Caroline Farrar, Executive Place Managing Director for Royal Borough (Frimley CCG and Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead), said, “This truly is a significant milestone for Ascot and the future of GP services for residents. I’m particularly proud of the way we’ve incorporated feedback from local people, patients, and staff in our plans.
“We’d like to thank everyone who has spent time meeting with us and providing feedback, this has been a team effort and we are delighted by the level of support that has been shown for our plans.
“The submission of a fresh planning application signals that the Sunningdale Health Hub is moving a step closer towards the delivery stage. We’ll be continuing to listen to feedback through the planning process and working with council officers to see this important Health Hub that has been long in the making delivered.”
Dr Jackie McGlynn, Senior Partner at Kings Corner Surgery, added, “The delivery of the Sunningdale Health Hub is critical to meeting the changing needs of our patients both now and into the future. There are so many reasons why these proposals will make a huge difference to patients we treat across Ascot. If I was to name one, it would be the fact that a new purpose-built building will bring community midwife services back to Ascot after they were re-located to the hospital due to a lack of space in our current GP premises.
“Now a revised planning application has been submitted I really encourage people to write into the council with whatever their views are.”
You can view the application on Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead planning portal website by searching for the application number 20/00969/FULL.
To view more information in regards to this project, please visit Sunningdale Health Hub (frimleyccg.nhs.uk) This page hosts the full recording, presentation as well as the Q&A document, from the online webinar hosted on Tuesday 22 June.