Apollo has been busy over the past 12 months working with the Worthen Medical Practice and Shropshire County PCT. The Practice has a long tradition within Worthen serving its large rural catchment to the west of Shrewsbury. Initially operating from a house the Practice moved into the Village Hall in the centre of the community some 25 years ago; the existing accommodation is no longer capable of supporting the services provided by the Practice.
A number of site options were considered and the preferred site was selected adjacent to the Primary school and only some 100 meters from the Village Hall. Last September Apollo jointly hosted an open morning with the Parish Council seeking the opinions of the local community to the selected site and the proposed design of the new surgery. There was unanimous support for a new surgery which had been a top priority for Worthen for many years.
The Business Case for the project was approved last December by the newly formed National Commissioning Board Local Area Team signalling all systems go for the new surgery.
The Practice has worked very closely with Apollo and their the local architects from Shrewsbury ( DGA) who have designed the 465m2 single storey building that will both compliment the local rural setting of the site and offer a modern twist with quality materials and glazing to provide a light and airy environment. The building has been designed so that future flexibility and extensions are feasible without the loss of any on-site parking.
The detailed planning application has recently been submitted which should enable building works for the new surgery to be commence in the autumn and be completed by early summer next year.