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Shaping the Future of
Primary Care in Guildford



Background and Challenges


Primary care in Guildford has seen a significant rise in the pressures it faces over the past few years. GP practices locally, particularly those situated in Onslow, Westborough, Stoughton and Stoke wards, have seen an increase in the following challenges:

  • growth in the number of registered patients
  • insufficient space to develop services
  • inability to develop health and care options for patients
  • lack of capacity to develop new workforce models with primary care.


These combined challenges mean that we need to address the pressing requirement for primary care expansion at a local level.



What are we doing?


NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG has been working with colleagues in Guildowns Group Practice and Woodbridge Hill Surgery to develop options for the future provision of primary care in Onslow, Westborough, Stoughton and Stoke.

Four options have been shortlisted and the next stage is to conduct a feasibility study to examine each of the options and, as part of this, we will engage with patients, the public and wider stakeholders.

We are committed to meeting the health needs of our local population. However, to do this we know that we are going to have to adapt and make changes.


Health and Care in Guildford: Shaping the Future of Primary Care [pdf, 3Mb]

This sets out how we started to explore the options for modernising and developing the primary care estate in North Guildford to ensure it is sustainable and can meet the health and care needs of the local community now and in the future.



What do we want to achieve?


Our aspirations for the future delivery of primary care services are:

  • to work at greater scale to improve access and quality of services for patients
  • to provide premises that are fit for purpose and facilitate team working
  • to use technology to improve quality.



Plans to engage


Each option has differing impacts on the community, workforce, the CCG and the delivery of care. We really want to hear the views of the public on the future of primary care and we have identified a programme of engagement focused around the following themes:

  • What GP services do the public value the most?
  • What is important in terms of where a GP Practice is located?
  • What should be considered when planning GP services for the future?


Please visit the Exhibitions and Engagement page for more details.


Page updated:9 July 2019
Next review due:5 January 2020
Model Publication Scheme:Class 9: The services we commission
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