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Swadlincote Surgery makes moves to create space for more people

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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A GP surgery in Swadlincote is converting spare space into treatment rooms in a bid to cope with a rise in patients over the coming years.

Swadlincote Surgery, in Darklands Road, is preparing to accept hundreds of new patients who will come to the practice from new developments around the area.

More than a thousand new people are expected from a large building project on William Nadin Way, and other spots in Swadlincote.

Practice manager Sarah Longland said: "We all know that the population in Swadlincote is growing, and it is going to increase even more as there are lots of developments.

"We're looking at it very closely and moving things around to create extra space. We have got the space to increase our capacity.

"We are fully expecting there to be finding connected to the development to help us soak up the additional demand, and we're confident we can handle it."

Increasing demand is an issue at surgeries all over the area, as the population ages and their health needs change, and more houses are built in certain areas.

According to recent figures from the British Medical Association, there are now 40 million more GP consultations than there were five years ago.

There are more people, and they are seeking attention from their GP more frequently.

Swadlincote Surgery has been trialing a system to manage demand for several months, where patients go through a telephone triage system as opposed to simply booking an appointment. Mrs Longland said the system offered patients the best treatment for their needs.

"Demand is increasing no matter what we do, but this is one way to manage it," she added.

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