PROPOSED MEDICAL CENTRE
The proposed development includes provision of a new two storey Medical Centre, managed by Mendip Vale Medical Practice, to accommodate the expansion of the practices / cope with demand in Congresbury and Yatton.
The current Practices cater for circa 12,500 patients, split circa one third / two thirds between Congresbury and Yatton respectively. The patient list size is expected to increase to circa 15,000 and therefore expansion and modernisation of the services are required.
The existing buildings in Congresbury and Yatton were constructed in the 1970s and have been added to over time; the Yatton premises have been extended three times and Congresbury have been extended once. However, it is now at the point where clinical and administrative space is no longer fit for purpose and requires new facilities to meet modern healthcare standards. There is no dedicated parking for visitors and the building is cramped and does not comply with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), Infection Control and Care Quality Commission (CQC) guidance.
The need for provision of an ever-widening range of primary care services, is now severely restricted by a chronic lack of space. Furthermore, there is no room for expansion, preventing any further increase in service provision. In summary, therefore, there are fundamental difficulties facing the surgeries, in particular relating to access and circulation internally and externally, confidentiality, inadequate parking facilities and insufficient and inadequate administration and consulting space.
In addition, the Yatton site is not close to a main bus route (c. 500m) and at Congresbury the surgery is unable to obtain flood insurance due to the premises being located within the flood plain. Furthermore, the split between two sites leads to inefficiencies in service delivery and a reduced service overall.
The medical centre will come with an ancillary pharmacy and flexibility to provide a mobile MRI unit when scheduled, an associated access, vehicle parking & cycle storage. An appropriate ecological and landscape response to the sites context is included within the design proposals.
The proposed development will provide a modern and efficient health facility that will meet the needs of existing and future patients and residents in Congresbury and Yatton and the surrounding areas.