Outline plans for Devizes Urgent Care Centre on public view

People from Devizes and the surrounding villages are invited to view plans showing the proposed location and outline footprint for Devizes Urgent Care Centre on Friday 18 November 2016, between 3pm and 7pm at Devizes Corn Exchange.

The Urgent Care Centre, which will be based on NHS-owned land at Marshall Road, will transform the way Devizes people access same day GP appointments for minor illness and injuries, as well as other primary care services. Members of Devizes Town Council planning committee will give their views on the proposed location and outline as part of the pre-application process at a meeting on 15 November, and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Property Services hope to submit planning at the end of November.

The drop in session will be an opportunity both to view a series of displays relating to the proposals and to discuss the project and proposals with the project team. Feedback forms will also be available for people to complete.

Once received, the project team will review all of the comments and, where practical, they will be addressed as proposals move to a more detailed stage. The outline planning application for the development will be supported by a document summarising the consultation process that has been undertaken and the various responses received. 

Plans show the proposed facility will be built on land currently owned by NHS Property Services on Marshall Road in Devizes, and will be adjacent to the Devizes NHS Treatment Centre. Capital funds will be raised through the sale of the Devizes hospital site and some surplus land currently owned by NHS Property Services on Green Lane in Devizes.

Essentially, the development will be a new build and will not require the Devizes GP practices to sell their existing premises to raise the capital for its funding.  The Treatment Centre (run by Care UK) will be located next door to the proposed new development, ensuring that some services – including x-ray – could be shared.

Jo Cullen, Director of Primary Care at Wiltshire CCG said: 
“These plans have an important role to play in the future of healthcare in Devizes.  A facility like this is something which has been championed by Devizes people for some considerable time and although we still have a way to go, we are optimistic that we will be able to start building work on the Urgent Care Centre for the people of Devizes and surrounding villages within the next year.  We are grateful for the cross party political support and particularly of Claire Perry MP and the Town Council who have fully supported our initial ideas to date.  The on-going support from NHS Property Services, Wiltshire Council and most importantly the people of Devizes is absolutely crucial”.