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the proposed 2-storey medical centre is on the right-hand side of the picture


Introduction
The proposed Hub will include a new medical centre, library, theatre/hall, coffee shop, community rooms, football pavilion and town council offices, together with retail and housing, forming a new town centre for Southborough.

SAMC has the support of the West Kent Clinical Commission Group and NHS Property, for the scheme to go ahead as we want to cope better with our increasing number of patients and provide extra services.

Keeping our patients informed
This page will be refreshed whenever we have new information for you on StAMC's plans. We also intend to send newsletter updates to those on our email mailing list*, and to place copies in the waiting room. (* you can opt to receive news updates and quarterly newsletters by adding your name to our mailing list - click newsletters on the top menu of this website.)

Click on the tab above to see the Frequently Asked Questions page. Do feel free to email additional questions you might have which will then be added here (not including your name), together with our responses. We may not have immediate answers to all of your questions as detailed plans are still to be developed, but they will be logged here together with an answer when we have one.

LATEST UPDATE from KCC: 10 January 2018
The legal requirements for the planning application (S106) have now been signed by the three councils which validates the planning. This has taken time due to some legacy issues on the site including unregistered land and the complexity of having a tripartite agreement. The signing of the S106 now allows Crest Nicholson’s planning application to be considered for approval.It moves the sale of the enabling development one step closer, thereby removing a major funding risk from the project.

The planning application for the engineering works to the football fields was unanimously passed by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. The project is now seeking to go out to tender for the works in early 2018 and the contract will look to commence later in the year. Tunbridge Wells Youth Football Club are working with the project to deliver this element which is progressing well.

The football club and Southborough Town Council’s workmen’s temporary accommodation has been agreed by both parties and a planning application will shortly be submitted for temporary units to be installed on the Ridgewaye, with other off-site storage also being agreed.
The football club are making good progress on their fund raising towards the new football pavilion which is a requirement of gaining the Football Foundation Grant of £400k. The Business Planning consultant for the FA bid has been in contact and has advised that due to other FA projects falling away the pavilion should potentially be seeking to increase their ask of the FA. The project will work with the business planner to determine the best outcome from the FA going forward.

Several meetings have now taken place with the NHS and work is progressing on moving this element forward. The changes currently taking place in the NHS mean that they do not have as defined a process as they would like. This is likely to contribute to this element of the project being the slowest and partners are working well together to ensure it can be delivered.

The tender on the contractor for the Southborough Hub has now been issued with a closing date of mid-February. There has been strong interest in the project from the market with regard to the scheme and we will update further post receipt of tender returns.

Original layout plans for the Medical Centre (subject to current discussion) ground floor and first floor.






 

SAMC and The Hub
(updated October 18 11th 2016 see items in red)

 

In Summer 2016, as the prospect of moving to the Southborough Hub now becomes more of a reality, we are in a slightly better position to answer some of your questions.
 
Do feel free to
email additional questions you might have which will then be added here (not including your name), together with our responses. We may not have immediate answers to all of your questions as detailed plans are still to be developed, but they will be logged here together with an answer when we have one. 

Here is a link to Southborough Town Council's own FAQs which deal with overall questions on the Hub project.

Benefits

What will be the benefits for patients?
Opportunity to receive more in ‘the community services’: patients can receive a wider range of services at SAMC that they might otherwise have to travel to hospital or other clinics for. These may include counseling, physiotherapy and specialist diabetes support.
Note: The hub’s integration of the medical centre with the other community services enables the cross transfer of public health messages as well as education on preventative health care.
(question posted 1/7/2016; answered 1/7/2016 - closed)
 
What are the benefits for SAMC clinicians and staff?
More space will make it much easier to offer the best services to our patients, with more consulting rooms, better office conditions and sufficient storage for equipment.
Note: The current premises in Pinewood Gardens was built in 1987 and catered then for 2,150 patients. However, this total has grown to more than 8,000 currently and is expected to reach 10,000 within the next four years.
The current centre has six consultancy rooms and two treatments rooms, and the plan is to increase this to 10 and four, respectively.

(question posted 1/7/2016; answered 1/7/2016 - closed)

Will the medical centre be used in the evenings?
Not for general practice by SAMC but we may rent out appropriate treatment rooms for other practitioners related to well-being, e.g. physiotherapy and plough any funds back into the practice for the benefit of our patients.
(question posted 18/10/2016; answered 18/10/2016 - closed)

Timing

When will the new medical centre be open?
The developers are planning to complete the new build in 2019 but we currently have no more information.

(question posted 1/7/2016; – but still open for updates)
 
Where can I check the progress of the move?
Here on our website – Southborough Hub page; and/or by signing up to receive our quarterly newsletter via email (you can do on this website) or by looking at a copy in the medical centre.

(question posted 1/7/2016; answered 1/7/2016 - closed)

General

Will the number of patients increase?
Not as a direct result but patient numbers have risen 4-fold in the last 30 years to more than 8,000 currently, and this is expected to reach 10,000 within the next four years.

(question posted 1/7/2016; answered 1/7/2016 - closed)

Will there be sufficient car parking places for patients? 

  • The hub car park will have around 90 spaces available to any Hub user (our current authorised parking in Pinewood Gardens has around 12 places)
  • There will 2 disabled spaces and staff parking immediately adjacent to the medical centre
  • Some of the 90 places are also likely to be reserved for disabled parking
  • Given that 90 places are available, it may not be necessary to earmark some of those spaces for the exclusive use of visitors to StAMC 
  • As it is now in the Yew Tree Road car park, it is likely that the first 2 hours of any parking will be free

(question posted 13/7/2016 answered 13/7/2016 - closed)