Council and NHS discussing new Bewbush surgery

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Crawley Borough Council and the NHS are discussing proposals to create a GP surgery in Bewbush.

A spokesman for the council said Breezehurst Pavillion could be made into a surgery for five GPs.

The proposed practice would be ‘much larger’ and have three more GPs than the Bewbush Medical Centre near Dorsten Square, Bewbush.

The spokesman said: “The council, which owns the pavilion, is considering paying to refurbish the building to make it function as a surgery for five GPs – three more than work at the current Bewbush Medical Centre in Bewbush Place.

“The proposed new practice, which would be let to the NHS, would also accommodate the growing population in neighbouring Kilnwood Vale.”

More than 7,000 people live in Bewbush.

Cllr Chris Oxlade, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said the Kilnwood Vale development would mean the ‘unmanageable’ demand for the surgery would get worse.

Alan Kennedy, chair of Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group, which works with NHS England on planning the town’s practices, said: “We have been working closely with Crawley Borough Council and NHS England to ensure that existing and new residents are able to get the care they need, as close to their home as possible.

“This includes Bewbush and also other locations as part of the Five Communities Plan.”

Breezehurst Pavilion has been empty since Crawley Town FC ended its lease to use the building while training on the adjacent football pitches.