NHS North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to ensuring that the growing demand for Primary Care in Walton-on-Thames is met, delivering care to enable people to be looked after closer to home and avoid hospital admission wherever possible.

With this in mind, subject to planning permission, plans are being developed to re-locate Fort House Surgery, a Walton GP Practice to modern, fully compliant premises with sufficient capacity to cater for current and future patients. The proposed site for the re-location is Walton Community Hospital as it provides available space that can be readily adapted to provide facilities that will meet patient need and demand.

The public had the opportunity to review these plans and the background to this proposal in September 2018 in public meetings and an exhibition at Walton Library. The CCG values public opinion and where possible has used  feedback to help shape services.

The re-location would be funded by a grant from a national scheme (the Estates and Technology Transformation Fund) and from Elmbridge Borough Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). As well as enabling primary care services to be extended, the proposed location at Walton Community Hospital would offer the opportunity to develop a wider range of services and multidisciplinary teams to enable patients requiring extensive care and support to be treated more often in their own homes as opposed to being admitted to hospital. The additional capacity could also offer some outpatient services and clinical training facilities. However, all developments will be determined by joint discussion and agreement with key stakeholders.

Dr Charlotte Canniff, GP and Chair, North West Surrey CCG said: “We are dedicated to further improving our local healthcare services and making them sustainable. We have worked closely with the GPs and practice manager at Fort House Surgery to support this necessary move. The proposed re-location of Fort House Surgery to Walton Community Hospital would enable a wider range of primary care and community services to be provided for current and future health care needs. Our focus is on the right care at the right time, in the right place.”

Whilst the proposed site offers huge potential, the CCG recognises that the relocation could have an impact upon local residents. There is an understanding of the constraints locally with car parking and the possibility of additional traffic. The CCG and its partners want to engage with the public on these challenges and work together to identify potential solutions whilst at the same time taking reasonable steps to secure primary care services fit for future generations.

Dr Asha Pillai, a local GP and Clinical Lead with North West Surrey CCG said: “We fully acknowledge the feedback received so far from local residents and councillors and have started to address these concerns with partners in local and county councils. We now look forward to hearing from others about this proposal.

“We need to be mindful that there has been a rise in demand upon GP Practices due in part to a significantly ageing population and an increase in the numbers of people living with complex health conditions. We need to make GP Practices fully accessible to all.” 

Exhibition

The CCG ran an exhibition at Walton Library in September 2018. 

Please click here to see  pdf Exhibition (936 KB) posters 

pdf Click here (841 KB) to see the boundaries for all five practices in Walton and Hersham

Public meetings 

pdf Read a summary (506 KB) of the questions and comments raised at our first public meeting on 19 September 2018 - including responses from the CCG and surgery team. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click pdf here (390 KB) to see answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Further answers to questions asked by local residents can be pdf read here (539 KB)

Engagement report

pdf Read the engagement (743 KB) report on activity carried by the CCG to involve local people and stakeholders in the process. 

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