OPENING a doctor’s surgery at Waverley is not expected until autumn 2022 — three-and-a-half years late.
Pressure continues to grow at surrounding practices - especially Treeton Medical Centre - as more residents arrive in the expanding community.
A new centre serving Waverley should have started accepting patients from April 2019, with Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group placing an “absolute backstop” of October 2020 on the project.
Now fresh plans have been filed by landowners Hargreaves for the much-needed GP surgery - but construction work is not expected to begin until the end of the year.
In an update to its patients earlier this year, Treeton Medical Centre said high demand was due to new housing at Waverley, Catcliffe and Treeton bringing newcomers.
The surgery added: “Our small building means that although we have increased our staffing levels we have almost run out of room.
“A new medical centre for Waverley is currently going through the planning process and with no delays should be opening in October 2022.
“This means that further patients moving into the area before then may choose to register with us and numbers will continue to increase for a time.”
A health centre must be provided as part of a 2011 legal agreement tied to a planning permission for Waverley.
The CCG has previously noted that the “most significant concern” in the area is the Treeton centre’s ability to manage demand.
And in 2019, CCG head of commissioning Jacqui Tuffnell said of the Waverley site: “The builders know that we are disappointed with them on this.
“They haven’t started building. It has been quite disappointing.
“They are about 18 months behind in relation to this scheme. So we are insisting on an absolute backstop, which is October 2020.”
New plans show the GP off Mitchell Way, to the edge of Waverley’s forthcoming town centre. Seven parking spaces are included.
A spokesman for Rotherham CCG said this week: “Unfortunately, the original plans for the new GP practice at Waverley were not met with the required timescale.
“This is disappointing as we work to provide accessible health services to the local community.
“Nevertheless, subject to funding approval and planning we are hopeful that a new developer will start work at the end of the year on the practice.”