14th August 2019
It is almost three years since Tyntesfield Medical Group was formed by the merger of Nailsea Family Practice, Backwell and Nailsea Medical Group and Long Ashton Surgery.
The manner in which healthcare is organised by the NHS is changing. In future years it is possible that some of the secondary care services which are currently only accessible at a hospital would be delivered by your local GP and community based primary care teams. This is an exciting prospect and one which the merger has ensured we are now well positioned to take advantage of for the benefit of all our patients.
The residents of Nailsea will know that there is a large expansion of housing planned for the town over the next decade. We recognise that the current facilities of Tower House and Brockway Medical Centres, situated just a few hundred metres from each other, would not in their current form be able to meet the anticipated increase in demand and we are therefore exploring our options to expand our facilities in the town.
It is the intention of Tyntesfield Medical Group to continue delivering your healthcare needs in the locality where you live, just as we currently do in Nailsea, Backwell and Long Ashton.
Brockway Medical Centre has, over the years, been redeveloped into its current form. It is in many ways a great building but it has just about reached its maximum potential as a health centre and could not support another meaningful extension. One of the options available to us would be to close Brockway in favour of a new facility in Nailsea that could cope with both the increased population and the prospect of delivering a greater range of healthcare services to you.
The purpose of this open letter is to inform you that we are exploring whether Brockway, if it had planning permission for homes thereon, sufficiently increases the value and attractiveness of the site to developers to make the development of another health facility in the town financially viable for us. To this end we have submitted a planning application for Brockway to North Somerset Council. Please be reassured that to sell off Brockway for development is not a decision which has already been reached. There are many factors which could affect what our actual future decision would be, we are committed to keeping you informed and involved in how we move forward.