24 August 2020
We understand that access to high quality primary care help and support from a GP practice is vital for local people.
Listening to patients and GPs themselves, we know that demand has been growing for appointments and GP services, and there needs to be new ways of working so that people can continue to receive the help and care they require.
Where GPs and their clinical teams are based is clearly part of this, and we have been working with the GP practices in the Chichester area to understand the state and future needs of their buildings.
At this stage a new GP practice in the West is not a suitable option to improve patient care in the city; there are not enough doctors to start a new practice and it will not be sustainable.
However, there are plans for investment to develop the current GP Practices buildings at Langley House, Parklands and Southbourne to provide additional clinic rooms.
These improvements are still subject to planning permission with Chichester District Council, but we are clear on the benefits that these extensions would provide to their patients. To facilitate these premises, the council is reviewing the updated Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding requests for the GP sites (health is part of the council’s CIL plans).
In addition to these improvements, there are also early discussions about the potential for a GP Practice on the new city center development.
This could be an exciting development that not only would provide GP services, but also offer a wider range of community, mental health and Social Care services, and we look forward to working closely with Chichester District Council and our other partners to continue to scope this out.