Fresh hope over village’s surgery

PLANS for a new doctor’s surgery in Hunmanby have been resurrected.

The proposals to build a facility in Sands Lane are back on the agenda after developers submitted a fresh planning application for a 660 sq mtr facility with a 24 space car park.

The move, from Ashley House, is a boost for the village’s health infrastructure following the closure of Hunmanby Clinic last year and a decision from NHS bosses which stated a new surgery would be at least three years away due to funding cuts.

Cllr Nick Harvey, who has campaigned tirelessly for improved healthcare facilities in Hunmanby, said he welcomed the planning extension, but added more needed to be done to improve services.

He said: “I’m pleased that they are trying to keep the planning application alive.

“We have got chronic health problems in Hunmanby which are some of the highest in the country and we need this new surgery in Sands Lane.

“The existing facilities are cramped with inadequate space for doctors to examine patients and although the village has enough doctors, there is not enough room.

“The Primary Care Trust know Hunmanby has some of the highest levels of chronic health problems and that they are increasing.

“However, people with these normally have the smallest voice since they have got so much to deal with and are not the type of people to complain.

“But they need the help to maintain their independence.”

Cllr Harvey said with a new surgery potentially at least four years away, Hunmanby Library could take a central role to help maintain services.

He added: “I have been looking into the possibility of using it as an interim venue to help ease the pressure by hosting outreach services, it would be an ideal venue as it has the space and is in the heart of the village.”

Hunmanby has been short of key health services following the closure of its Hungate Lane clinic.

Plans have been drawn up to convert the building into a three-bedroom house with a decision expected soon.