A new ‘healthcare hub’ for Dawlish and Teignmouth officially opens on Saturday. Barton Surgery in Dawlish last year was given permission to expand its site in Barton Terrace by Teignbridge Council planners.
The £1million plans for the four-storey surgery extension will provide more rooms, as well as training and meeting areas for staff.
Now complete, the site of the only GP practice in the town will comprise of the surgery and the community hospital, and will provide a health hub with access to the full range of services including minor injuries, out of hours care, primary care, pharmacy and bed-based care.
The changes to the site include additional clinical spaces for nurses, doctors and registrars to use and a dedicated meeting room for training.
The aim of the development is to future-proof the facilities at the site, and the extension, built on the derelict former gasworks behind the site, which will secure the future of healthcare in the area for the next 10 years.
Currently there are 13,600 patients registered with the practice, but this is expected to rise by 20 per cent in the next 10 years as a result of the additional houses being built around Dawlish.
The controversial DA2 framework plan for Dawlish, which has been adopted as a planning document by Teignbridge council, includes how the council hopes to deliver the building of up to 1,000 houses for the area.
Plans for 409 houses at Gatehouse Farm on Secmaton Lane were approved in July 2016, which followed on from the approval granted in April for Waddeton Park Ltd’s plans for up to 200 homes, a 64-bed care home and three hectares of employment land on a 16-acre plot of land in the grounds of Langdon Hospital.
Two other housing developments in the area – one of 96 new homes and one of 35 new homes – have also been approved.
Plans for 201 new homes at land at Secmaton Farm in Dawlish have been submitted to Teignbridge Council and are currently being considered.
If all five housing plans are approved and built, then the north of Dawlish then 941 new homes will be built.
The development has been partially funded by the development of the new 860 homes around Secmaton Lane, along with a grant from NHS England and funding from the GP partners.
The official opening of the extended premises at Barton Surgery takes place on Saturday, August 5, between 11.30am and 3pm.