The Millbarn Patient Participation Group (PPG) welcomes the application for Planning Permission for new premises. The PPG has been working closely with Millbarn on these plans and is satisfied they represent an improvement for patients. We are pleased that the excellent service already provided by Millbarn will be maintained and distinct, whilst benefiting from closer working with the Simpson Centre and the new Primary Care Network. The new premises will be a vast improvement on the cramped and ageing existing site and will provide a much more modern and flexible patient experience.
All of our questions have been answered on allowance for increased patient numbers, appointment booking, phone system, reception, and continuing access to your current GP. We look forward to continuing to work with Millbarn on much more modern, sustainable, and flexible premises fit for the integrated care system of our future NHS.
The Millbarn Patient Participation Group represents all patients registered with Millbarn and welcomes input and questions from all patients on how we continue a successful partnership and design new services. Membership of the PPG is open to all, via Chair nomination.
David Tippins, Chair, Millbarn Patient Participation Group
Frequently Asked Questions
“How are the premises going to cope with plans (if approved) for expanding housing numbers in Beaconsfield?”
|“Millbarn currently has 7,800 registered patients and Simpson Centre 11,000. The new premises will cater for enough GPs and services for 25,000 patients. That is sufficient capacity for planned new developments. The premises in Penn will be retained”|
|“Won’t access to the new premises be more difficult?”||“The new premises will have car parking for 110 cars, bike stands, 8x electric vehicle charging points, and footpath access. Traffic volumes from the A40 onto site will be part of the planning process with Bucks County Council. There will be full disabled access, including lifts to 1st floor capable of taking hospital stretchers. We are hoping that the site will be serviced by the Community Bus”.|
|“Won’t access to appointments be more difficult?”||“No. The telephone answering service for Millbarn will have a vastly improved virtual phone system, with bookings taken by separate staff to Simpson Centre. There will also be a new NHS App for those people wishing to use that”|
|“Won’t it take ages to plan and build?”||“No. The site plans have been worked on for many months and are well finalised. There is an agreed accelerated process in order to retain agreed NHS budget, only available for a limited time. There is a break clause on the lease of existing premises”|
|“How will it work with the community and other services?)||“The new premises will include 3 meeting rooms (which can be combined into one larger one). These can be used by community health promotion organisations such as Age Concern and social prescribers. There will be a new Pharmacy as part of the same site. There will be facilities for screening units to park next to the new building.”|
|“What will it look like?”||
“Full plans are available on the SBDC Planning website ref PL/19/1954/FA. A very similar facility, in Ipswich by the same developer is shown in a video here:
And details here: