GP surgery about to launch in Cranbrook
PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:02 18 March 2015
Cranbrook is moving ahead at a fast pace, with news that a doctor's surgery is about to launch. It follows on from news that a pharmacy and Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) have both recently opened in the town.
The new GP practice will open soon at the Younghayes Centre.
Commissioned by NHS England, it’s operated by Access Health Care, a social enterprise organisation owned by Devon Doctors. Monica Raynor is the practice manager and Mark Knight its business manager. The GP will be Dr Anna Strzeciwilk. Other members of staff include receptionists Sanisha Renney and Wendy Grist, who were recruited locally.
To ensure a ‘safe service’ to Cranbrook residents, the surgery is staggering patient registration, prioritising those with pre-existing medical conditions and other issues. Pre-registration forms are available at the centre.
“We’re hoping to open the surgery as soon as possible,” said Monica Raynor. “We need to make sure that everything’s in place to provide Cranbrook residents with a high-quality service.”
Once open, the practice will offer GP and nurse services, with visiting midwife, health visitor and school nurse, as well as community nursing, physiotherapy and mental health services.
“Our aim is to become a local hub,” said Monica. “A location where health services can come to Cranbrook.”
Cranbrook’s new pharmacy has recently opened. Run by Alison Hayes and temporarily located at the Younghayes Centre, its hours are 8.30am to 6pm (Monday-Saturday) and 9am-noon (Sundays).
CAB services have also just started at the Younghayes Centre. Drop-in sessions are every Thursday, 9.30am-3.30pm.
“We’re excited that we’ve been able to get that amount of time in Cranbrook,” said Hilary Nelson, vice chair of East Devon CAB. “There is going to be a need in Cranbrook, and we hope that we’re going to be able to help the community.”