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Surgery’s expansion plans are put on hold

The Medical Centre in Driffield has told the Wolds Weekly that it is now reassessing its options after plans to expand the surgery fell through, citing the cost-of-living crisis as one of the reasons for the rethink.

The surgery’s expansion plan was due to be delivered in conjunction with the construction of a new 68-bedroom care home on the site of the former Viking Centre on Middle Street North, just around the corner from the Medical Centre’s base on Cranwell Road.

It would have seen a brand-new surgery built close to the existing practice, with the capacity for 10,000 extra patients.

With thousands of new homes set to be built on developments across the Capital of the Wolds, the news will come as a major blow, with Driffield’s two doctors’ surgeries already struggling to cope with patient demand.

The news follows a recent amendment to a planning application from Yorkare Homes Ltd, the company behind the care home plan.

The application related to the southernmost rear building, which was the one proposed to be converted for use by the Medical Centre.

The new proposal is to demolish the building, lay the area with grass and incorporate the land into the landscaped garden area of the care home.

In a statement, Dr Neil Folwell, GP Partner at the Medical Centre, said other options for changes at the surgery are being explored.

“We are very disappointed that we are no longer in a position to continue with our plans to build a new GP surgery adjacent to our current building,” said Dr Folwell.

“This was originally a viable project prior to COVID-19. However, due to the recent high levels of inflation in costs of construction, this is no longer the case.

“We are once again exploring other options.”

It’s not thought that the news will have any impact on the construction of the care home, which, according to Yorkare Homes’ website, will open in spring 2024.

As well as 68-bedrooms, the care home will include an inhouse bar, hair and beauty salon, cinema, artificial bowling green and allotments.

It will provide services for residential care and a specialist dementia care unit, along with a number of apartments for couples who wish to live independently.

Yorkare Homes said the location of the former Viking Centre would allow families and friends to visit residents and take them out to shops in Driffield town centre.

The development was set to create around 100 new jobs, however, it is unclear whether this will change as a result of the Medical Centre proposals being shelved.

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