The partners at St Mary’s Surgery are delighted to announce that after a lot of dedicated hard work over the past two years, they now have full planning permission granted, funding in place and work will begin shortly on the redevelopment of the surgery premises.
These major renovations will allow them to future proof the healthcare we provide for decades to come.
We are very thankful to East Cambridgeshire District Council for their contribution through the Community Infrastructure Levy, NHS England for ETTF funding, Cambridge Community Services for providing a location for our temporary premises, and for the ongoing support from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.
As the building project continues to develop over the next 12 months, keep an eye on their website and social media for you updates on progress.
NEWS DIRECT FROM THE SURGERY
Why we need to expand
We have been at No 37 St Mary’s Street since 1991 (prior to that in Chapel Street) providing comprehensive NHS healthcare to the people of Ely and local villages. However Ely is expanding and patient numbers are expected to grow year on year. Today, we provide healthcare services to over 16,000 patients and the scope of work we undertake has significantly increased over the years.
With new houses already being built across the area, demand for healthcare services continues to grow. Therefore, we want to do what we can now to maximise the surgery’s capacity to meet these needs.
To put it simply, we want to invest in the future healthcare needs of all our patients and the growing population of Ely and surrounding areas as well as maintain a city centre presence. An expanded, modernised and fully refurbished building will enable us to do that.
The current building at 37 St Mary’s Street will close to patients after close of play on Friday 17 December to allow us to move into our temporary premises at the Princess of Wales Hospital (POW) site where we will operate from Monday 20 December. This will allow the builders to start their work early in the New Year. We anticipate being back in our lovely new building in November 2022.
Changes for patients
The first changes our patients will see is our dispensary from Monday 29 November making a short move across the road to 80 St Mary’s Street. Dispensary services will remain fully functional through the renovation project for our dispensing patients.
Patients wishing to collect medication, who normally collect from St Mary’s dispensary, should go to 80 St Mary’s Street. You will NOT BE able to collect your prescription from the temporary premises at the POW site.
If you live in Ely and have a query about your medication, please contact your nominated pharmacy.
Next, the clinical teams and support staff will move to temporary premises at the Princess of Wales Hospital site, Lynn Road, Ely CB6 1DN. Final preparations are being made to our new standalone ground floor building at the very front of the entrance to the hospital site. It will be clearly signposted and fully accessible to everyone from Monday 20 December.
There may be some minor temporary disruption as we move sites but we do not expect there will be any impact to the level of healthcare provision delivered to our patients.
askmyGP and our phone system will be working as normal and GP, nurse and appointments with other clinical staff will continue as planned.
Please do remember that from Monday 20 December, you should come to our new temporary surgery premises on the POW site for any face-to-face appointment you have. There is plenty of parking on site and the new building will be clearly signposted ‘St Mary’s Surgery’.