Our practice, like many across the country, is based in an adapted residential property. White Lodge is Grade 2 listed with parts of the building dating back to the 18th century. Although the premises have been extended and improved over the years, its basic design, listed status and location in a conservation area have made impossible the scale of adaptation or redevelopment required to meet current and future NHS premises standards. The space available to the practice is also limited and like many practices, there is insufficient capacity to host the range of services we and our patients would like to see. The primary care estate in Enfield is generally poor with very few modern, purpose-built facilities and none at all in the Enfield Town area.
For several years the practice has sought to identify a site for a new, purpose built medical centre in Enfield Town. While the availability of such sites is limited, in 2014 we were able to identify a suitable site on Chase Side, close to the current premises.
In 2017, we obtained the support of NHS England, Enfield CCG and the Local Authority to develop 105 Chase Side into a new medical centre. The site was formally acquired in February and construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in the next few months. Completion of the new centre will take one year and we anticipate relocating to the new premises in late 2019.
When complete, the new centre will be fully accessible and compliant with NHS premises standards with a minimum of 14 consulting and treatment rooms. The centre will have the capacity to accommodate the increase in population the Town area is expected to see in the next 5 to 10 years and offer patients a wider scope of services than those currently available. The centre has also been designed to serve as a hub for a wide range of community and specialist services. A link to the plans is available here. A rendering of what the new surgery will look like can be found below.
More information about the new centre will appear in the surgery and on the practice website in the months to come. The practice will also continue to work with patients and others to publicise our plans and the relocation once the new centre approaches completion.