Doctors' surgery relocation goes before planners tonightBy Laura Herbert
April 25, 2012
A Wokingham medical practice could move to a new town centre location if plans are given the go-ahead tonight.
Tudor House and Rectory Road Medical Practice, which has 22,500 patients and operates across two sites in Broad Street and Rectory Road, has applied to Wokingham Borough Council to move into Ash Court in Rose Street.
The council has received 71 representations, 65 of which are in support of the application, including one from Wokingham Local Involvement Network (LINk).
But objectors have raised concerns about parking at the new site and suggest alternative sites with ample parking should be found.
If the plans are approved by Wokingham Borough Council’s planning committee, it will provide a custom-designed state-of-the-art surgery with a pharmacy, space for minor surgical procedures and a dental practice.
Key reasons behind the move are to accommodate a growing population in Wokingham and the inefficiencies of running from two separate sites, which are said to be cramped and do not meet the recommended area for a practice of that size, according to Department of Health guidelines.
The medical practice must also register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) by April 2013 as part of plans to make sure all GP surgeries meet government standards of quality and safety.