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Residents to have their say on the future of Burntwood GP practices

stethoscopeResidents are being urged to have their say on plans to relocate Burntwood GP practices.

Nearly 1,000 people have already responded to the consultation, launched by the South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) in conjunction with Lichfield District Council, which is asking patients registered with the eight GP Practices in Burntwood, their preferred choice of relocations.

The consultation, that began on August 10 and lasts until November 9, came after the PCT admitted that all Burntwood practices had “outgrown” their locations.

And this tomorrow (October 9), residents will have a further opportunity to discuss proposals and give their views to PCT staff when representatives will be on a market stall on Sankey’s Corner.                                                         

The PCT carried out an appraisal of all potential sites in Burntwood, between January and April 2009.  The site options, including the PCT’s preferred site, are being presented to the public during the consultation period.

The site preferences are:

  • six GP Practices to be based at a site at Burntwood Leisure Centre and two GP Practices based at a site at Greenwood House
  • six GP Practices to be based at a site in Robin’s Road (next to Morrisons Supermarket) and two GP Practices based at a site at Greenwood House
  • eight GP Practices to be based in one building at a site in Robin’s Road.

The final decision will only be made following consideration of the results of the consultation.

Jim Barlow, Head of Primary Care Commissioning, South Staffordshire PCT said:

“We are delighted by the response we have received so far from the people of Burntwood. Preferences expressed by local people in this consultation exercise will form a vital part of the decision making process and we are keen to talk to people on Friday and capture their views.

“All GP Practices in Burntwood have outgrown their accommodation and are unable to offer new or extended services as they do not have the space. Whatever site is chosen with the support of local people, the new facilities will be designed as a multi-purpose building which will provide an extended range of health and social care services including Children and Life Long Learning, Age Concern, Citizens Advice Bureau, Burntwood Live at Home, Alzheimers Society, Carers Association and Community Nursing staff.

“We will also maintain in the new facilities the opening hours offered through Burntwood Health and Wellbeing Centre, the new style of health centre which opened in March 2009, 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year – offering a walk-in service.”

Anyone who cannot attend the Sankey’s Corner event can have their say online or by calling 01889 571758 or emailing

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