Cllr Chris Oxlade has been working hard for Crawley and Bewbush residents. See the press release below for details.
Council works to provide Bewbush with bigger GP surgery
A new, much larger GP surgery for Bewbush residents could open in Breezehurst Pavilion, thanks to Crawley Borough Council and the NHS.
The council, which owns the pavilion, is considering paying to refurbish the building to make it function as a surgery for five GPs – three more than work at the current Bewbush Medical Centre in Bewbush Place.
The proposed new practice, which would be let to the NHS, would also accommodate the growing population in neighbouring Kilnwood Vale. Breezehurst Pavilion has been empty since Crawley Town FC ended its lease to use the building while training on the adjacent football pitches.
Councillor Chris Oxlade, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “We’re working with the NHS to try and achieve a fit-for-purpose GP surgery for Bewbush.
“More than 7,000 people live in Bewbush but there are only two GPs at the surgery. Kilnwood Vale is now being built so the number of patients will continue to grow, meaning the unmanageable demand for the surgery will only get worse.
“If we can create a new surgery in the Breezehurst Pavilion it will be good news for thousands of Bewbush residents.”
Alan Kennedy, NHS Crawley CCG Chair, said: “We are committed to ensuring that patients in Crawley receive the best possible care wherever they live.
“We have been working closely with Crawley Borough Council and NHS England to ensure that existing and new residents are able to get the care they need, as close to their home as possible. This includes Bewbush and also other locations as part of the Five Communities Plan.”