Work is set to start on a new GP surgery in Whittle-le-Woods with the building set to be completed by 2022.

The plans for the Whittle GP surgery site, outside Chorley, include nine consulting rooms, three treatment rooms and an onsite car park.  The new development will replace the current Whittle GP surgery that has outgrown its current premises and will also have capacity to take on new patients.

Work will start with preparing the site for utility service connections and in preparation for the building construction to begin. The construction is planned to be carbon-neutral with solar power, and the use of energy efficient materials for the construction. The scheme will also benefit from electric car charging points for use by the surgery visitors. 

Chorley Citizen:

Dr Desai (GP) from Whittle GP Surgery, Matt Rowan (Rayner Rowan Director), Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council and Vannessa Cant (Reception Manager) at Whittle GP Surgery

The scheme is being directly developed by Chorley Council working with builders Rayner Rowen Construction Limited. 

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council said: “This brand new surgery shows Chorley Council’s commitment to giving residents access to high quality healthcare. It is great to see work starting on the site to deliver a state-of-the-art medical facility in Whittle-le-Woods.

"It is really important that people get easy access to local health facilities like this and it is another example of us investing in our villages to benefit residents. 

"The new surgery will help the GP practice keep up with demand from patients following the new housing developments in this part of the borough. I am looking forward to seeing the scheme finished, open and offering an improved GP facility for residents.” 

Chorley Citizen:

Dr Hem Desai, Whittle Surgery said: “The doctors and staff at Whittle Surgery are excited about the prospect of moving to new premises and would like to thank all those involved in the development of the new surgery. We are particularly thankful to Chorley Borough Council for building the new surgery.

"Our patient list size has increased over time and given the new housing developments locally, we expect patient numbers to continue to rise. The new surgery will allow us to continue to provide and develop primary care services for our patients.”

The council bought the land for the new site in 2019. It is less than a quarter of a mile from the current Whittle GP Surgery on Preston Road. The site was previously home to St John’s Church Hall before demolition was completed earlier this year.