NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee (PCCC) has carefully considered and approved an application from Springbank Practice to relocate its main surgery to Hesters Way Healthy Living Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham.

Springbank Surgery has significantly increased its patient list size over the last two years and the move offers the Practice and its team more space to provide medical care.

The Practice, will however, continue to have a branch surgery presence at Springbank Community Resource Centre, Springbank Way so its patients can choose to access services there too if they wish.

Senior Partner at Springbank Practice, Dr Sanjay Shyamapant said:

“This is really good news for our patients. The move and the extra space will give us greater scope to expand our services and help us to meet the health needs of a growing number of patients in the area.

The move is also good news for our practice team in terms of space, team working, development of skills and it will support our efforts to work hand in glove with other healthcare professionals and community teams.

We were pleased to have received support from our Practice Participation Group for this change and are committed to a continuing presence at Springbank Community Resource Centre.”

The development will mean an increase in the availability of GP and nurse services at the Hesters Way Healthy Living Centre, Monday to Friday.

The move follows St Catherine’s Surgery’s application to close its branch surgery service at the Healthy Living Centre so it can consolidate its practice at St Paul’s Medical Centre in Cheltenham.

St Catherine’s Surgery provides morning GP sessions at the Healthy Living Centre Monday to Wednesday and morning nurse sessions Monday to Thursday.

St Catherine’s Surgery’s application was also approved at the PCCC meeting on Thursday.

Senior Partner at St Catherine’s Surgery, Dr Graham Wilson said:

“This was the right decision for us at a time of consolidation for the Practice. We are committed to providing excellent care for our patients and ensuring we have a strong, resilient and sustainable Practice going forward.

By locating all our services at our main surgery at St Paul’s Medical Centre, all members of the team can work closely together for the benefit of our 9,600 patients and it also means we are well placed to grow and meet future demands.

There is a strong sense from our recent patient consultation that people understood the rationale for this decision and we remain committed to providing high quality care at St Paul’s for all our current patients.”