Residents invited to PACT meeting on Preston surgery’s future

Coun John Swindells at Preston Town Hall
Coun John Swindells at Preston Town Hall
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Patients of a Preston surgery are invited to a PACT meeting to discuss the future of the centre.

St Walburge’s Surgery in Ashton Street closed for refurbishment in May and patients had to travel to the Issa Medical Centre in Deepdale.

An application has since been submitted to turn the surgery into student flats, and a meeting will be held on Wednesday at St Walburge’s Church Hall at 6pm.

Coun John Swindells, who represents the area, said the meeting was to discuss the situation and the future of the surgery.

He said: “The patients were transferred to the Issa surgery so with Ashton Street not being on a bus route unless they walk to Fylde Road, particularly more elderly patients have to find a way to get to Deepdale and it is normally two buses.

“They would like to keep it in the area but there’s an application now to turn it into student houses.

“There is another centre run by Lancashire County Council and I think residents are hoping someone might consider taking that on.

“The meeting is an update on where they are and what can happen.

“I think residents are hoping to get a new surgery in the area.

“With it being up for planning permission it’s going to be even more difficult but they really want to know where they are.”

More than 100 people attended a previous meeting on the future of the surgery, and Issa practice manager Sharon Riley will attend the next meeting on Wednesday.

With Sharon will be Karen Barron - the manager from Issa who deals with patients from the St Walburge’s area.