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Vision for £20m Barrow super-surgery is a step closer

A SUPER-SURGERY set to open on the site of a former school in Barrow has come a step closer to becoming reality.

INTEGRATED CARE A deal to create a £20m medical complex at the former Alfred Barrow School is on the brink of being signed.

The £20m NHS complex at the old Alfred Barrow School will aim to bring Barrow’s GP surgeries together along with a wide range of other community services such as district nurses, physiotherapists, counsellors and psychologists.

The idea is to create a more integrated system of care, whereby patients can get everything they need in one place, and it is hoped there may be potential for the building of an on-site pharmacy.

The centre will see the destruction of the Duke Street school’s 1960s extensions, while the original Victorian building will be used for administration, meeting rooms and educational facilities.

A brand-new, purpose-built surgery will be created for clinical work, with potential for expansion should more surgeries want to join the complex at a later date.

This week Cumbria County Council, which owns the two-and-a-half acre town-centre site, confirmed the plans are close to becoming reality.

A council spokesman said: “The deal is on track and we’re now in a place where we’re ready to sign.

“The transfer will take place once the NHS’s procurement body has finalised all the legal and technical details.”

All Barrow’s GP surgeries have been invited to express an interest in moving to the new site.

Dr Geoff Jolliffe, Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s lead GP for Furness, said many practices are operating from sites that are too small and not up to standard.

He said having all a town’s surgeries on one site had been tried and tested in other areas and had been found to work well.

Have your say

I think this is a terrible idea. It removes people's choice as different surgeries operate differently (I shouldn't be surprised though considering they've done a very similar thing with our secondary schools in bringing together the 3 comps into the Academy). It removes 'local' surgeries and also means that it becomes less accessible for some people to get to.

I get the feeling they would move all the surgeries in together then gradually reduce the number of GPs operating there significantly for the same (or more) number of patients.

Posted by ET on 18 February 2014 at 10:59

I personally would rather keep to my current GP surgery in Duke St, Dr Weir and Co run a very good modern ractice and it would be a shame if this was lost just to pacify the whim of the Council.
This building would be better suited to be used as an Old Peoples home or indeed for what it was originally a school. Having everyone in a central surgery may sound like good sense but what about the elderly with no transport, how do they get there? Why should they travel up to an hour or two to see a Dr when they already have one in their local communities. More Illnesses in one place would create a perfect place for cross contamination between all people. Think again Coumncil this is another pie in the sky scheme off the back of a fag packet from someone in the higher etchelons of Barrow Town Hall.....which will cost the Tax Payer.... NOT GOOD.

Posted by Robert Corran on 18 February 2014 at 10:30

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