The Beacon Medical Centre

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Sidmouth Primary Care Improvement Project

Please read our plans about how we can improve primary care services in Sidmouth.

If you would like to download our printable leaflet click here  SPCIP Flyer 

If after reading our plans your would like to complete a survey about our project you can click here

 

Our Proposed Plan for the Future

We are exploring the option of extending the Beacon Medical Centre and moving the centre of town branch surgery from Blackmore Health Centre  to Sidmouth Victoria Hospital.

The move will allow the Practice to expand its range of services and offer a better environment in which to see patients.  The scheme will increase capacity to meet existing and future population needs.

By working with the hospital team we hope to reduce unnecessary admissions to hospital and help get people home promptly.

This scheme will help us recruit doctors and nurses to future proof primary care services in the Sid Valley.

Why do we need to make changes?

We are doing this because we have no free clinical rooms and need more space. More work is moving out of hospitals into the community.  We are working with local practices in Primary Care Networks to provide more services and need additional space to do this.  We are keen to expand our training and research roles and need room to do so.  We are struggling to recruit new staff to our teams with the current set

Blackmore is unfit for purpose it is a very old building not well suited for modern healthcare facilities.   This move would allow us to integrate primary care and hospital services while continuing to offer a service in the centre of Sidmouth.

Why the hospital site?

From previous patient engagement we are aware of the strength of feeling in favour of a presence being maintained in the centre of town.  We are excited about the benefits of integrating primary and secondary care.

Plans –  Beacon Medical Centre Development  

 In approaching the design, it has been key to ensure any extension enhances the existing facility and does not compromise the functionality of the layout. We hope that the final design complements the area around it.

 

 

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Sidmouth Victoria Hospital Plan

Two clinical rooms within the hospital have been identified for sole use by the practice.  Other rooms would be available for use on an ad hoc basis.

Has the practice considered other options ?

We have been through a long list of options for this project.  Their advantages and disadvantages have been considered by NHS England and Devon CCG.  The process concluded that an extension to the Beacon and a move into Sidmouth Hospital provides the best outcome across a range of factors.  Key considerations that influenced the preferred option evaluation are:

  • This is the only option that will allow for sustainability in primary care in both the short and long term within the area
  • It will ensure that general practice services are preserved in the first instance and given space and location to grow and so meet future demand
  • ETTF funding has been secured to get the project through planning. Both NHS England and Devon CCG are supportive of this scheme and we are working together to secure funding to complete the project

How is the scheme being financed ?

The practice has secured a grant from NHS England from the Estates and Technologies Transformations Fund to get the project to the point of being able to go out to tender.  The next step would require a further allocation of grant funding for which we are sitting in a good position.  However with the ETTF scheme finishing at the end of March 2021 it is important we move through the process swiftly.  NHS Property Services, who own Sidmouth Hospital and Blackmore Health Centre, would pay for any room alterations needed on their site.

Why are you doing this now? Can’t it wait until Coronavirus goes ?

We are operating under a tight time schedule to secure further grant funding from the ETTF scheme.  It is with genuine regret that this has led to the planning permission process commencing whilst we are all in lockdown – if nothing else it greatly hampers our ability to explain our circumstances to you. But we hope that you can use these FAQs and our email channels to raise any questions and that we can adequately respond to your concerns.  If we delay this process we risk losing funding.  We have created a good argument for supporting a move into Sidmouth Hospital.  There is a national move away from branch surgeries and  if we do not move forward at this time we worry that this position to re-provide this service may not come again.

Does this mean any current hospital services will have to go ?

 No.  There will be no reduction in services provided from Sidmouth Hospital due to this plan.  No services will be moved onto other sites to accommodate this project.

Benefits for patients

The move will allow the Practice to expand its range of services and offer a better environment in which to see patients.  The scheme will increase capacity to meet existing and future population needs.

By working with the hospital team we hope to reduce unnecessary admissions to hospital and help get people home promptly.

This scheme will help us recruit doctors and nurses to future proof primary care services in the Sid Valley.

What happens next ?

We will collect feedback from the public consultation and reflect on this. It is important we have the views of our patients to be considered by the planning department.

How can patients have their say ?

We should like your feedback on our plans. You can contact us by email at: d-ccg.beacondevelopmentfeedback@nhs.net
We are encouraging everyone to complete the short survey, click here to complete.

Alternatively a paper copy will be available from outside reception at Blackmore Health Centre or Beacon Medical Centre and can be returned to either facility or by post to: The Beacon Medical Centre Sedemuda Road Sidmouth Devon EX10 9YA
Given the Covid situation we would strongly encourage patients to use the online option if they can.

Raised Concerns:

Would I still get to see my Doctor?

Yes all GPs who hold lists would have appointments available in Sidmouth Victoria Hospital.

I don’t drive, how would I get to a new Health Centre?

Your current method for getting to the surgery should not change.  The current patient car park in the centre of town would remain.  The hospital is adjacent to the Blackmore Health Centre.

I ‘m housebound, would someone still be able to come and see me at home?

Arrangements for home visiting patients would not change under this scheme.

At the moment I park my car for free when I visit the surgery.  Would I have to pay to park to visit the hospital?

No.  There is limited parking on the hospital site and in the adjacent roads.  We would encourage our patients to continue to use our surgery patient car park we share with the library.

Why is the practice so stretched?

During this process we have tried to understand why the practice is so busy.  Firstly the population of Sidmouth is noted to have one of the largest percentages of over 85 year olds in the country.  In developing the activity and capacity model this has for the first time been recognised and taken into account.

The practice has worked to analyse the impact of this elderly population in terms of the estimated number of attendances per year.  This found that the average consultations for the practice was 9.62/year/patient compared to the national average of 5.5.  This helps explain the challenge in providing appointments.

 

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