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Plan to expand Huntington Surgery in North Lane
PLANS to expand a GP surgery in York and improve health services for residents have been drawn up.
The scheme for the “remodelling” of Huntington Surgery, in North Lane, would see four extra consulting rooms for doctors created at the North Lane site, as well as three rooms for alternative treatments and a pharmacy, as well as space for meetings.
Proposals by the Haxby Group, a practice which runs the surgery and three others in the city as well as three in Hull, have been submitted to City of York Council, with planners expected to make a decision on whether the work can be carried out towards the end of November.
The Huntington health facility currently has five GP consulting rooms – which would be increased to nine under the proposals – two nurse treatment rooms and administrative space, with a design and access statement submitted to the authority by Paul Butler Architects saying local residents would “benefit greatly” from the scheme.
“The proposed remodelling of these premises will enhance the medical services offered within the local community, improving the scope of services and alternative contemporary modes of medical treatments,” said the firm.
“These proposals will also offer more work opportunities for the local population.”
If approved, the work would involve the demolition of several buildings on the site at North Lane, with the new building being between one and two storeys high.
The architects said it would be “easily recognisable as a medical health centre” and would “refresh” the appearance of the surgery, adding that parking and access arrangements would be altered to make the distinction between spaces which are intended for use by staff and places reserved for patients and visitors, with four extra bays being included in the scheme.
A wheelchair lift will also be installed to ensure disabled access to all parts of the surgery meets the required standard, and the architects said all the GP and nurse treatment and consultation rooms will be on the ground floor.
The Haxby Group’s seven surgeries currently provide healthcare to more than 27,000 patients.