Cen­tre would meet de­mands of an age­ing pop­u­la­tion

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -


The CCG has been look­ing to ac­quire a site in which it can de­liver an In­te­grated Care Cen­tre ( ICC) and has set­tled on a lo­ca­tion in South­wood Busi­ness Park.

The coun­cil will be the fund­ing part­ner for the de­liv­ery of the health cen­tre and will need to make the ac­qui­si­tion of the des­ig­nated build­ing its first task. Voy­ager House, in Apollo Rise, has been iden­ti­fied as the best site and will be ac­quired by agree­ment or com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der.

The build­ing is listed as a key em­ploy­ment site, mean­ing the CCG has had to ap­ply for a change of use, which was granted by the devel­op­ment man­age­ment com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 8.

The CCG sup­ports five lo­cal­i­ties in the de­liv­ery of care ser­vices but Farn­bor­ough is cur­rently the only one with­out a ded­i­cated health­care facility.

Four of the town’s seven GP prac­tices have been iden­ti­fied as be­ing con­sid­er­ably too small for the size of their list, two of which have ap­plied to have lists closed to new pa­tients.

The CCG hopes it will be able to re­lo­cate up to four prac­tices within the new facility once it has opened, as they are faced with a po­ten­tial cu­mula- tive £ 47 mil­lion gap be­tween avail­able re­sources and pro­jected fund­ing re­quire­ments by 2018/ 19.

Farn­bor­ough has a grow­ing el­derly pop­u­la­tion, with pro­jec­tion­ssug­gest­ing the num­ber of 65 to 84- year- olds in­creas­ing by 18%, and the num­ber of those aged over 83 years in­creas­ing by nearly 50% dur­ing the next decade.

As things stand, the CCG is hav­ing to ob­ject to plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions for hous­ing de­vel- op­ments in the area due to the un­sus­tain­able health­care struc­ture.

The coun­cil has in­di­cated every ef­fort will be made to ac­quire the site by agree­ment but ad­mits that it has not been pos­si­ble to agree a rea­son­able price with the owner.

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