Medical centre fight wants more names
RESIDENTS are being reminded there is still time to sign a petition to support the need for a new medical centre in Old Leake.
Village shops from Freiston down to Friskney and Sibsey are carrying copies of the petition for people to sign throughout September.
The petition has been organised by the Patient Practice Group of Old Leake Medical Centre after NHS England told GPs they couldn't take up an offer by the Mayflower Housing Association to include a new facility in its plans to replace the Meadows elderly unit.
Chairman of the PPG, Noreen Evison, said: "The petition was launched about a month ago. I have got about 300 signatures but there are a lot of papers out there. We have asked for an update at our meeting on September 11 so we should have a more accurate figure then.
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"The petition supports the fact that the new building is required due to its age and not sufficient room for a lot of treatments to take place that could take place, instead of having to travel to Pilgrim Hospital or Skegness or Lincoln."
The current medical centre was build in the 1970s when there were just two doctors and a surrounding population of around 3,000 people. The population has now grown to around 7,000. Back in June, NHS England announced that work on all new premises was under review until 2013 leading Dr Stuart Bull, who works at Old Leake, to write to MP Mark Simmonds in an attempt to get the decision overturned.
Mr Simmonds will meet with NHS England later this year and the PPG hopes to present the petition to him before then.
Mrs Evison said support for a new medical centre is very high amongst local residents.
She said: "It's one of the things that as a PPG, we join with the surgery each year to do a survey and the comments are a lack of privacy, queuing for prescriptions, parking and insufficient room because the nurses treatment room – you have to go through one to get to another.
"We can understand because of the changes with regard to the commissioning group etc, putting things on hold until next April, but both the patients and practice feel they put it off but will they forget it in April, so we want to keep the profile. If it's looked at and granted in April, it's fine.
"They had a golden opportunity with Mayflower."
The petition is available to sign at most village shops as well as being placed on the second notice board at the medical centre by the PPG.