Doctor’s new surgery bid

Wyre Civic Centre

Wyre Civic Centre

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Long awaited plans to move a doctors surgery and double it in size are being considered by planning bosses.

Proposals have been put to Wyre Council to convert the first and second floor from offices into a GP surgery and extensivist clinic in the Civic Centre buildings on Breck Road, Poulton.

It would see Lockwood Avenue Surgery, just 300 metres away, move into the premises, giving it opportunity to double its size, offer new and improved services, and allow patients to be able to park close by.

Dr Ian Kirkham, from Lockwood Avenue Surgery, said: “Hopefully, it looks as if it will go ahead.

“We’ve been looking for new premises so it’ll be a great relief if it does go ahead.

“The surgery size would be doubled, at least.

“It would mean people can park and get all the other services we’ve wanted to develop but haven’t been able to because space hasn’t allowed.”

The planning application has now been submitted by Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

It outlines plans for 16 parking spaces for the facility and that the move could create two new part-time jobs.

A proposed floor plan includes a number of GP, consultant and treatment rooms as well as a dedicated room for podiatry and a strength and training room.

Lockwood Avenue Surgery has been in “desperate need” of new premises for around five years, citing its lack of nearby parking as one of the main reasons to move, as well as space limitations.

In 2010, plans to house it with the GP surgeries from Queensway and Princess Avenue, also in Poulton, in a purpose built medical centre on Vicarage Road in the town, were thrown out by Wyre Council for a second time, having already been shelved back in 2008.

They had been opposed by around 3,000 people.

Residents campaigned for the proposed specially built centre to go on a brownfield site on Station Road instead.

North Lancashire Primary Care Trust had said limited public funding would mean it could take years for the new facility to come to fruition.

Bosses from Lockwood Avenue Surgery and the Fylde and Wyre CCG held talks about the move in 2012.