NHS North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group is currently appealing the planning decision made earlier this year by Elmbridge Borough Council regarding the change of use of Burwood Ward at Walton Community Hospital.  The original application was to change the use of the empty ward to house Fort House GP surgery which has outgrown its current premises in Hersham Road.

Relocation of Fort House Surgery to a more modern and accessible space would bring significant benefits for local patients and residents.

Practice Manager for Fort House Surgery, Harriet Reid, explains why the potential move is so important:  “Moving to larger, modern premises would make a huge difference to our practice and to the services we can offer patients.  Our current building has served us very well for many years but we are limited in the clinical services we can provide current patients; we are no longer able to register new patients who are moving into Walton and want to attend Fort House as we don’t have enough consulting rooms; there are serious issues with disabled access and extending the building is simply not possible due to planning constraints on the current site. 

“With more local development taking place it’s going to be increasingly difficult for new residents to find GP services close to where they live.  If we were able to move to the vacant ward, we would be able to re-open our list as well as provide all patients with an accessible environment. We would particularly like to encourage our patients – and prospective patients - to support us and make their comments known to the Planning Inspector.”

The appeal is now live and local people are able to send in comments until 20th September.  Anyone who wishes to make a comment can do so via the following link:  https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ and then search for the case using the following seven digit number:  3232439.

To find out more about the original planning application and the engagement the CCG carried out with local residents and patients please go to the North West Surrey CCG website: http://www.nwsurreyccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/consultation-and-engagement/fort-house-surgery-relocation