A new health centre in Buxted has been given the green light by the local NHS after a period of uncertainty.
Plans for the centre, which will replace the current Buxted Surgery, had been put on hold pending a review of NHS spending proposals but a way forward has now been agreed.
Planning permission was given in August but soon afterwards the Sussex Downs and Weald Primary Care Trust announced the spending review “given the current financial climate and the need to ensure that all building projects are clinically and financially sustainable in the years ahead”.
The latest decision was revealed by the PCT yesterday along with the news that demolition of a derelict building in the corner of the new site will begin in the next few weeks. Work on the new building is scheduled to start in early 2011 and be completed in the autumn.
The new health centre will be on the corner of Framfield Road and High Street replacing the surgery at April Cottage in Church Road. Our picture, taken by David Anderson, shows Framfield Road running to the left off the A272. The building is the one to be demolished.
Clarissa Fabre, Senior Partner at Buxted Surgery, said: “We are delighted that the new building has got the go ahead. The new facilities will mean that we are able to provide a greater range of high quality services to the people of Buxted and Uckfield.”
Mike Wood, Chief Executive of NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald, said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to agree a way forward and that Buxted will get its new health centre.
“The financial situation of the local NHS remains challenging, but it’s important that we support local GPs in improving the quality of their premises whenever we can.”