NHS North West Surrey CCG is working with local health and care partners to launch The Big Picture - a series of events for local people to join an open and honest discussion about the future of care delivered outside of hospital.

The Big Picture campaign launches on Tuesday 2nd October with a drop-in event at The Ship Hotel in Weybridge (3pm – 8pm) with further roadshow style events planned in Woking and Staines. These events will be an opportunity to describe the many different services that make up ‘out of hospital’ and ‘urgent’ care, and how these are changing and improving to provide more support for local people across the whole North West Surrey area.

It may seem premature to start thinking about the long, cold winter months, but September is the perfect time to consider your personal winter health plan.

This might include committing to a healthier diet, getting more exercise and ensuring your medicine cabinet is stocked up with the basics, but the NHS always recommends organising your vaccination against influenza as a priority.

Walton GP Practice re-location plans open to the public

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 will have the opportunity to review these plans and the background to this proposal during September in public meetings and at an exhibition in Walton Library. The CCG values public opinion and where possible will use 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.” 

The CCG and Fort House Surgery are looking forward to presenting the plans to the public. There are a number of ways in which people can view proposals, leave comments and have the opportunity to discuss them further.



The exhibition in Walton Library will be open to the public from Tuesday 11 September to Friday 14 September 2018. Representatives from the CCG and Fort House Surgery will be available to talk to the public between 10am and 12pm and between 1pm and 3pm on each of these days.

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

Public meetings –

To help us plan, please register at contactus.nwsurreyccg@nhs.net and let us know if you have any specific access requirements.




Wednesday 19 September – 11am to 12.30pm

Walton (Cecil Hepworth) Playhouse, 1 Hurst Grove, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1AU

Wednesday 26 September – 7pm to 8.30pm

Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2PF


All members of the public, patients and stakeholders are welcome to attend. We want to engage and seek the views of the local community to ensure we have a fully feasible approach to providing Primary Care Services in Walton before plans are submitted to Elmbridge Borough Council.

‘Please click pdf here (390 KB) to see answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to find out more about the proposals’.

If you need this information in another language or format, please contact us using the details below:

  • Comments on this proposal can be made at the exhibition and at either of the two public meetings.
  • You can also send your written comments to the CCG as follows:

    • Email: contactus.nwsurreyccg@nhs.net  Please use the subject line: Fort House Surgery proposed move
    • Post:   Communications and Engagement Team, North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group, 58 Church Street, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8DP​

  • Deadline for comments: Sunday 30th September 2018

Please let us know your views by completing a short survey

The exhibition in Walton Library will remain open for the public until Friday 21st September. Please [complete the survey] to let us know your views.

Email: contactus.nwsurreyccg@nhs.net
Telephone:01372 232 450
Text: 07880 091 328  


Why it’s time to show your heart some love 4 September 2018

High blood pressure and atrial fibrillation (AF) are the top contributors to the more than 300 lives lost prematurely to cardiovascular disease each year in Surrey. With eight out of ten deaths from heart disease in this country deemed preventable, it is really important to know that your heart is healthy and blood pressure at a safe level.

In Surrey Heartlands, a community outreach service is being developed with the Guildford Diocese which will see volunteers trained in carrying out blood pressure and pulse checks.

The volunteers will carry out the checks as part of an outreach programme which includes specific targeted work with minority groups. The checks will take place after church services but also during care home visits and at community events.

In addition a new service is under development in partnership with community pharmacies. From next spring, pharmacies will offer health checks, called Blood Pressure Plus, that include blood pressure testing along with a pulse check. Depending on their results, patients may be referred to a range of services for diagnosis, follow-up and management.

The following options may be offered:

  • A full NHS Health Check
  • Referral to primary care for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
  • Referral to primary care for electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • A test for blood glucose levels and, depending on results, possible referral to the National Diabetes Prevention Programme

Community pharmacies employ healthcare professionals who are trained in measuring and understanding blood pressure results and other cardiovascular disease risk factors.

People will be able to find out if they have high blood pressure (hypertension) or a condition like AF - that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. If these conditions are not identified or controlled, the risk of a heart attack or stroke is significantly increased.

AF increases the risk of stroke by five times and is responsible for 20 per cent of all strokes. What’s more, the individual impact of an AF-related stroke is far worse than those caused by other factors.

Surrey Heartlands Clinical Lead, Consultant Cardiologist Dr Michael Hickman, who works at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, said: “Lifestyle-related factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as smoking, poor diet and a lack of exercise can significantly increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke.

“Cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality and is a major burden on health services, social care and the economy at large.

“The increased detection and early management of conditions such as hypertension and atrial fibrillation will reduce the numbers of heart attacks and strokes, this will reduce social care needs, and the negative impact that these conditions have on people’s lives.”

To increase awareness of heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, Public Health England’s (PHE) Heart Age campaign is encouraging adults to complete the One You Heart Age Test. It reveals your ‘heart age’ as compared with your real age and offers advice and support on how to improve your health.

In addition selected community locations and pharmacies across Surrey are this month offering free blood pressure checks. More details can be found here.

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