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Doctors Surgery Update

The Polden Medical Practice’s new surgery located on Woolavington Road, Woolavington, opened to receive its first patients on Thursday 6th November 2014. The existing Woolavington surgery is now closed. 

The new surgery will be fully staffed from the outset. Existing clinical staff will hold surgeries at both Edington and Woolavington which will mean that patients will be able to see their preferred doctor at the surgery nearest to them. The practice will also recruit one new doctor.

There are just over 7,100 patients registered with the existing practice and this is expected to rise to around 10,000 over the next five years. At the moment the practice provides 500 patient consultations a week. Initially this will rise to around 600 per week and will gradually increase as the number of patients registered with the practice increases.

The new surgery will have:

·      Six consulting rooms
·      A Minor surgery suite and Recovery Room
·      A Dispensary
·      A Conference Room capable of accommodating a maximum of 30
·      A private interview room
·      Administration and records office
·      Reception  and waiting area with coffee and tea making facilities
·      28 free parking spaces

There will still be a dispensary at Edington. Patients who currently collect their prescriptions from the existing surgery at Woolavington will collect them from the new surgery. Patients who live to the west of Chilton Polden will be able to pick up prescriptions from the new surgery while patients living to the east of Cossington will continue to get their prescriptions from the Edington Surgery. Patients will be able to choose from which surgery they wish to collects their prescriptions.

Because of the additional accommodation that will be available the practice hopes to be able to provide a range of additional services ‘in house’ e.g. chiropody/podiatry, chiropractor, acupuncture, and paediatrics, cardiology, and respiratory consultants. It is also hoped to have organisations such as Age Concern, Citizens Advice Bureau, and the Department of Work and Pensions available at the surgeries at specific times.

The new surgery will also give the practice an opportunity to introduce regular practice management meetings to improve co-ordination across all areas of the practice and to provide a better service to patients. The practice will introduce a ‘pilot’ where the two surgeries will be closed daily between 1.00 and 2.00pm. Emergency cover will be maintained and normal consulting times will not be affected.