Making it easier to get to the doctor’s should be a prime motive for moving a GP surgery, but relocating St James’ Surgery out of the town centre – where it is within reasonable walking distance for older people in South Lynn and on the bus route – right out to Kilhams Way, where it is neither, will worsen patient access.
People in general have great affection for St James’ Surgery as many have been its patients all their lives, but no one I have spoken to in South Lynn or West Lynn supports the move.
Doctors’ surgeries should be within easy walking access in urban communities, not out of town, isolated on industrial estates, to encourage people to walk, not rely on cars.
But NHS England, who decides these matters near Cambridge, does not understand the practical access difficulties to Kilhams Way, a route clearly not physically designed with pedestrians in mind. What choice if you haven’t got a car and can’t walk that far?
What choice for South Lynn when Southgates Surgery in Goodwins Road tells me it is full to capacity?
Is NHS England serious in expecting South Lynn residents to use expanded facilities at Fairstead Surgery three miles away? This shows lack of local knowledge and poor planning.
I am asking NHS England to walk the route from South Lynn to Kilhams Way with me.
Does the route need new street lights to make it well lit in the winter when patients will walk there in the dark? How easy is it to cross roads designed for freight lorries?
County councillor, South Lynn and Clenchwarton