Patients eligible for FLU inoculation can now book an appointment with Reception.

 
 





 

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


Introduction
The team at SAMC, our PPG and patients have put their weight behind plans for a new community hub being proposed as part of the Southborough Hub development.

The practice, 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: September 12 2017

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.

Demolition on the site is complete and all outstanding issues with utility providers have been resolved

Crest Nicholson have held their consultation event on the residential development and KCC and Crest have now finalised the draft contract for the sale of the residential land. The draft contract needed to specify how the two sites would be managed during the build phase and who would be constructing what elements of the scheme, given that the main access road, car parking, drainage, utilities and significant public realm would be split to some degree over both sites. All these elements have now been agreed.

Work has been completed on the detailed designs for the Hub. The NHS have requested a number of substantial internal changes to the designs of the GP surgery and we continue to work with them to finalise their requirements. Subject to these elements being completed and KCC governance procedures being signed off, the designs are ready to go out to tender for a contractor. Once tenders are returned the project will know to what degree the project will have to be value engineered to deliver the project on budget.

The Theatre Consultant has continued to advise the project in terms of designs including potential value engineering options should they be needed. 

Partners have worked up indicative designs on the furniture fit out and minor changes are being made to them subject to feedback from partners.

The project has met with the FA over the FA Foundation Grant. The FA will support an application for £400k based on the pavilions current size and are looking for submission in 2017. The planning application for the improvements to recreational land has been completed and will shortly be submitted. This will see the land being leveled out slightly to increase the playable surface area for the football clubs.
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VIP, new owners of Lloyds Bank are progressing with their work and have been in contact with the project over their aspirations for the Water Margin and Lloyds bank land. The partners including the housing developer are seeking ways to facilitate a comprehensive solution that would improve the Southborough High Street offer. This would include removing the flat roof extension of the Water Margin and restoring the property back to its original features.
The draft S106 agreement awaits KCC calling in of the TWBC and STC land in order to validate legal agreements and planning. KCC governance procedures are underway to allow this to happen but delays with finalising the NHS changes may yet impact on sign off for this work.


Further information Click here 

Original layout plans for the Medical Centre (subject to current discussion) Click here   






 

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)