Plans for construction of a single new building to house both Berryfields Medical Centre and Meadowcroft Surgery are being proposed as part of a vision to improve access and offer more GP services for patients in north-west Aylesbury. This planned new building would hopefully be completed in two to three years, to help meet growing healthcare needs in the area.
The Berryfields Medical Centre has operated in temporary accommodation in Buckingham Park ever since it was founded, more than a decade ago. It was always planned for the practice to eventually move to the area of the Berryfields development. The Meadowcroft Surgery building in Jackson Road was built in 1991 and is now approximately half the size needed for the number of patients it serves. The site cannot be redeveloped while practice services keep running, and there is not enough space to extend it.
The proposal is for a new building in Berryfields. This would be at the roundabout intersection between Martin Dalby Way and Paradise Orchard. The site would have adequate car parking and would be accessible by bus and cycle routes. This site is 0.8 miles from the current Meadowcroft Surgery building and 1.5 miles from the existing Berryfields Medical Centre.
This proposed new building would house both practices; the two teams would work closely together but remain separate. They aim to provide a resilient, imaginative and efficient service, with increased facilities for patients. Existing patients would continue under the care of their current GP and practice teams.
The practices, and Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are inviting patients to help with the planning ahead. They want to identify future service needs for the population and to explore ideas for a new building. Both surgeries will be scheduling public involvement events in the coming weeks, with dates to be confirmed shortly.
Dr Raj Bajwa, Clinical Chair of Buckinghamshire CCG, said: “The building of permanent premises for Berryfields Medical Centre is a priority for the practice and for NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group. We recognise the future housing growth in the area requires a fit-for-purpose primary care facility to serve all the neighbouring communities.
“The CCG is supporting the collaboration of Berryfields and Meadowcroft practices in furthering their joint venture to design new premises, which, in addition to general practice services, would be able to offer space for other community services. This would contribute to meeting national and CCG strategy for offering increased out-of-hospital services and care closer to home.”