Proposals to create a modern base for a Huddersfield GP practice have been submitted to planners.
The proposed scheme, to replace Lindley Group Practice’s existing building next to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with a brand-new medical centre next to the current premises, have been submitted for formal planning and funding approval.
The idea of the new building has long been in the pipeline, and many patients gave feedback on what they’d like to see in new premises via a survey in 2018. Most people were very supportive of the need for better facilities and keen to see better accommodation for the practice team.
The proposed new building would be constructed right next to the current surgery. The state-of-the-art, energy-efficient new medical centre would have dedicated patient, clinical and administrative space and capacity to provide more training for staff, with better parking for all who use the building.
Dr Matt Kaye from Lindley Group Practice said: “For us, this is first about the care that we can give to our patients: with the building we have now, there are limits to what we can do and the experience that we can give our patients when they come to see us. We want more for our patients and this new facility will give us the modern space we need to do that. This is also about creating a much better workplace for our team. We’ve grown our staff exponentially over the years and we need more and better space to accommodate all the professionals supporting our patients.”
Catherine Wormstone, Head of Primary Care Strategy and Commissioning for Kirklees CCG said: “It’s great to see the plans for Lindley Group Practice developing. I know the team are putting a lot of time into creating the right space where they can provide services that meet patients’ needs, today and in the future.”
Lindley Group Practice has been based in its current building next to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary since the 1960s. Over the years, the practice has taken on more staff and needs more space and parking to offer a wider range of services to its 11,000 patients. Some consulting rooms are very small and not fit for purpose, doorways are narrow – making wheelchair access difficult – and four consulting rooms are upstairs and there is no lift. The reception area is cramped and offers little privacy for patients or the practice team.
The proposed new building would offer capacity to care for 13,000 patients and would be fully accessible for patients with disabilities.
Patients can read more and share ideas and suggestions at https://lindleygpbuild.com