New Buxted surgery gets green light

The new Health Centre in Buxted has been given the green light by the local NHS.

Plans for the new centre, which will replace the current Buxted Surgery, April Cottage, had been put on hold pending a review of all NHS spending proposals, given the current financial climate and the need to ensure that all building projects are clinically and financially sustainable in the years ahead. However, following detailed negotiations, a revised way forward has now been agreed.

Demolition of a derelict building in the corner of the new site on the Ionides Trust land in the centre of the village will start in the next few weeks, with work on the new building scheduled to begin in early 2011. Clarissa Fabre, Senior Partner at Buxted Surgery, said:

‘We are delighted that the new building has got the go ahead. The new facilities will mean that we are able to provide a greater range of high quality services to the people of Buxted and Uckfield’.

Mike Wood, Chief Executive of NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald, said:

‘I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to agree a way forward and that Buxted will get its new Health Centre. The financial situation of the local NHS remains challenging, but it’s important that we support local GPs in improving the quality of their premises whenever we can.”

The new building should be completed by next Autumn.

(NHS press release: www.hastingsandrother.nhs.uk/about-us/news/press-releases/2010-press-releases/buxted-health-centre/)

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