Plans in motion for new Chafford doctors surgery as residents wait SIX weeks for an appointment (From Thurrock Gazette)
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Plans in motion for new Chafford doctors surgery as residents wait SIX weeks for an appointment
PATIENTS in Chafford Hundred have told how they wait up to SIX WEEKS to get an appointment at the only doctors surgery in the town.
Thurrock Council has now promised to act after it was revealed six GPs at the Chafford Hundred Medical Centre in Drake Road handle 2,330 patients each - more than 500 more than the national benchmark.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “You have to wait quite a long time for routine appointments with a GP of your choice - especially the better ones. Sometimes you have to wait six weeks.
“There is a definite need for another surgery here, they do their best to cope with the workload but having so many patients means that you can get substandard treatment from a couple of the quicker doctors.”
Another resident added: “The situation is a farce here. Something needs to be done, sooner rather than later.”
Money has already been made available for a new surgery behind Bannatynes gym on Howard Road, through contributions made by a developer building 140 flats on the site.
The half-built development had been under threat after the builder went into administration in August 2012, but a deal to revive the development was struck with another, unknown developer in April.
Tory South Chafford councillor Tunde Ojetola proposed the motion for a new surgery to the council and believes it is now time to crack on.
He said: “This is a test of how much influence we can exert on health partners although it will be the NHS who provide any further developments.
“Basically, we are asking for support and the influence of the council to support this new GP surgery.”
Charlie Key, another Conservative South Chafford councillor, added: “Chafford Hundred really is an isolated area which suffers badly because residents have got a difficult route to travel through Chafford to the surgery where it is at the moment. It’s a huge issue and we really are in desperate need.”
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