Funds released for medical centre improvements

PR2140/EL/MF - 10/11/2017

Mid Sussex District Council has released £124,791 in Section 106 developer contributions to increase capacity at two local medical centres.

Lindfield Medical Centre has received £68,957.66 and Northlands Wood Medical Centre has secured £55,833.66. Both facilities will use the money to fund the creation of an additional consulting room at each centre for a nurse or GP to use. Rebecca Slattery-Kavanagh, Practice Manager at Northlands Wood Medical Centre said:

“Northlands Wood has seen rapid growth in its patient list as a result of new housing developments in the area. The award of this funding is fantastic news because it will allow us to continue taking on new patients and will ensure the sustainability of the practice for the future.

“We hope to start the work to create an additional consulting room on the first floor in spring 2018.” Section 106 contributions are provided by developers and are negotiated by Mid Sussex District Council. They contribute towards the infrastructure improvements that are necessary to ensure new developments make a positive contribution to the local area and community.

The funding for Lindfield Medical Centre has been provided as a result of new developments near Gravelye Lane, Lyoth Lane and Newton Road in Lindfield. The funding for Northlands Wood Medical Centre has also arisen from the developments near Gravelye Lane and Lyoth Lane, as well as the Wilmington Way development in Haywards Heath.

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, MSDC Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Growth said:

“When new housing is built it’s vitally important that we invest in, and continue to secure developer contributions towards, local infrastructure to make sure our community facilities continue to improve for residents. “We know that local medical provision is a big concern for many people so I’m delighted that these Section 106 developer contributions will be used to expand GP services in the area. The money will enable doctors and nurses to make the best use of their space and increase their staffing levels, so they can provide a better service and manage the greater demand on their facilities.”

Geraldine Hoban, Accountable Officer at NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), added:

“The CCG has worked closely with the Council on this funding bid. We are delighted to have secured additional investment in primary care in these areas of planned population growth.”

For more information about Section 106 developer contributions call Elizabeth Lancaster, MSDC Infrastructure Officer on 01444 477066 or email Elizabeth.Lancaster@midsussex.gov.uk.

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