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RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS Chessington District Residents’ Association The Staff along with the Patient Participation Group (PPG) at The Orchard Practice GP surgery have been talking to local councillors and our MP, Sir Ed Davey, about the need to look for a new location for the Practice. The Practice has approximately 8500 patients and growing. Surgeries will become more of a hub, not just for appointments with your GP, but a location where Primary Care Services will be brought closer to patients as part of the NHS Long Term Plan to bring together Health and also Care in the Community services to improve the overall wellbeing of Communities . The present building location, within the apex of Orchard Gardens and Gosbury Hill, only has on street parking available for patients. The building and its infrastructure in need of extensive maintenance plus not being conducive for disabled patients, is severely constricting the ability of the Practice to progress. It is felt that any further money spent on the site is money down the drain. Recently Dr Kathryn MacDermott - Director of Commissioning for Primary Care Kingston Clinical Commission Group appreciated the need for something to be done and put her support behind a meeting where she, Liz Meerabeau - Chair of Healthwatch Kingston, Ellie Roberts - Practice Manager Orchard Practice, Colin Dance - Chair of Orchard Practice Patient Participation Group, Colin Punch and Rob Robb of CDRA and Councillor Margaret Thompson met at the Quaker Centre, Fairfield, Kingston, to look at ways of progressing it. Kathryn MacDermott suggested that Liz Meerabeau attend the Kingston Council CCG Estates Committee meeting on Tuesday 16th April to put forward the Orchard Practice case for moving to a new site. This she did, together with the relevant people from the various medical commissioning and primary care groups. Orchard Practice has now been put on the Agenda to look at obtaining funding to build a replacement Health Centre on a new site. One of the sites put forward by the PPG and supported by CDRA is the Moor Lane School site, so that the Orchard Practice stays near its existing location. This land, owned by the Community, is thought appropriate to be used for the good of the Local Community and we do not know of any other site within the area suitable for such a project. We are aware that hopefully a new Free School for Children with Special needs will be sited at Moor Lane utilising the existing buildings. We, as a Residents’ Association, wholeheartedly support this initiative as many of our special needs children have to be bussed to, or given residential places at, schools outside the Borough and it would be a great use of the building since Moor Lane Primary was closed in 2008. We are suggesting that they utilise part of the playing field, possibly the far end, for the new Health Centre which would look similar to the Merritt Gardens Health Centre and would not impact on the Special Needs school. At present the old school building houses staff for Children Services Team, so they will need to find another place. It is thought that possibly the Health Centre could also offer accommodation for the Team. This would mean both the North and the South of the South of the Borough Neighbourhood would have two purpose built Health Centres to cater for its ever growing population and would be excellent bases to fit in with the NHS-England’s and the Council’s joint Health and Community Care vision for the future. It would also mean the Orchard Practice site could be utilised for badly needed housing. Maybe accommodation could be built for medical personnel? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Our Annual General Meeting is being held on Thursday 27th June at 7.30pm in the Chessington Methodist Church Hall. Our Guest Speaker, Jim Morford, is the Borough Commander of Surbiton Fire Station. Many people do not realise that there is more to the Service than putting out fires or attending accidents, so we expect it to be an enlightening evening. Chairman – Colin Punch – Tel. 020 8397 2659 – www.chessingtondra.org.uk To receive a copy of our minutes contact us on e-mail chessingtondra@gmail.com

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