PLANS for a huge GP surgery in Lillington have been scrapped – but a new multi-million health hub could still be created.
Previously there were proposals to merge central and north Leamington surgeries Clarendon Lodge, Sherbourne and Cubbington Road and run them from one site in Lillington.
But it proved difficult to find a site which would be suitable to house the three GP practices and the plans have been dropped.
Now bosses from local healthcare providers South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT) – which runs local hospitals – and South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – which runs local GP services – have approached Warwick District Council to say they are interested in creating a ‘health hub’ to improve healthcare facilities in Lillington. These would run alongside existing GP services.
At a meeting on Thursday (May 31) Warwick District Council’s executive is set to discuss whether it should work alongside the two organisations in carrying out a feasibility study into the proposals.
Early suggestions include creating a hub on Valley Road car park close to the Church of Our Lady in Lillington, which the council could develop and lease to the NHS. Councillors also say there would be around £3million which could potentially be used to pay for the development.
SWFT and CCG bosses also have big plans for the area.
They suggest providing a new GP surgery in Lillington to replace to current surgery and relocating the services which are provided at the Crown Way Clinic.
A spokesman from Warwick District Council said: “The rationale for considering how the council can best support communities in Crown ward remains.
“In order to explore these ideas in more detail, SWFT and the CCG is keen to work with Warwick District Council and other partners to undertake a full feasibility assessment.”