Lewes District Council Cabinet councillors gave the go-ahead to proposals to develop an £18 million health facility in Seaford on Monday (17 September).
The new health hub will be built alongside the Downs Leisure Centre in Sutton Road bringing medical, lifestyle and community facilities under one roof. The development will include a convenience store, eight apartments, a grass mini pitch and a larger car park.
Seaford’s two GP practices, Old School Surgery and Seaford Medical Practice, are planning to relocate to the new facility that will have the capacity for 21 GPs, nursing support, a minor surgery unit and admin teams.
Dr Martin Writer, Chair of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, said: “We are delighted to work with Seaford Medical Centre and Old School Surgery on the delivery of The Seaford Health Centre development, which will offer their patients better equipped, modernised facilities providing first class primary care in their local community. Although we are operating in a challenging financial climate, Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG believes that delivering improved GP premises are the cornerstone of providing the best quality of services.”
A new entrance and offices will be built for the leisure centre and the 60+ Club will be given new meeting facilities within the centre.
The leisure centre is run by Wave Leisure Trust, which already works with GP practices for exercise referral. Duncan Kerr, the Trust’s Chief Executive, said: “The new health hub will bring general practice and primary healthcare services to an environment where anyone, no matter their age or ability, can enjoy being active. It will ensure that GPs and healthcare teams can work hand-in-hand with support staff in a dynamic way; supporting positive physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. We are extremely excited about the opportunities this new development will offer the local community.”
As well as improved health facilities, the scheme will create employment opportunities with the opening of the new convenience store.
Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “This will give Seaford residents a ground-breaking new healthcare space and a more holistic approach to healthcare. The town’s population is growing, and our GPs are stretched to the limit, so this is absolutely vital for Seaford. The new health hub will give more space and better facilities, which means local people can be offered more services and appointments.”
Published on 18 September, 2018