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the proposed 2-storey medical centre is on the right-hand side of the picture

Introduction
The proposed Hub will include a new medical centre, library, theatre/hall, coffee shop, community rooms, football pavilion and town council offices, together with retail and housing, forming a new town centre for Southborough.

SAMC has the support of the West Kent Clinical Commission Group and NHS Property, for the scheme to go ahead as we want to cope better with our increasing number of patients and provide extra services.

Keeping our patients informed

This page will be refreshed whenever we have new information for you on SAMC's plans. We also intend to send newsletter updates to those on our email mailing list*, and to place copies in the waiting room.

Click on the tab above to see the Frequently Asked Questions page. Do feel free to
email additional questions you might have which will then be added here (not including your name), together with our responses. We may not have immediate answers to all of your questions as detailed plans are still to be developed, but they will be logged here together with an answer when we have one.

LATEST UPDATE from KCC: October 1st 2019
 
A major step forward in the provision of the new Southborough Community Hub has been taken with the signing of the contract for the building work to begin next month (November) 2019.

The £10million contract with Baxall Construction was signed by all parties on the 1st October 2019.

The project is expected to take about 60 weeks, with completion therefore anticipated in early 2021.

The development on the site of the former town council offices and the Royal Victoria Hall and the surrounding land includes a hall/theatre, community rooms, GP surgery, library, football pavilion and council facilities.

It has been funded largely through the sale of land to Crest Nicholson for a residential developmentand contributions from all three partners, Southborough Town Council, Kent County Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.
Working closely with the NHS the project has also secured a significant grant of £4.2M towards the new GP surgery that will seek to ensure the local service can cater for more patients in Southborough and High Brooms. The grant has seen St Andrews Medical Centre supported by West Kent Clinical Care Commissioning Group and NHS England.

Following a bid to the Premier League Football Foundation, the hub project was also awarded a grant of £500,000 towards the construction of a new pavilion to serve the sports facilities. The funding has been jointly awarded to KCC and Southborough Town Council and follows extensive input from Tunbridge Wells Youth Football Club, which assisted in the preparation of the bid. This football club has been granted a long lease on the premises while also protecting the fields through a restriction on the land.

Tom Sullivan, club secretary for Tunbridge Wells Youth FC, said: “We are delighted that contracts have now been signed and the construction will commence of our new clubhouse. 
“We would like to thank the club members and the wider Southborough and Tunbridge Wells community for their support in this process and are excited at the prospect of having superb facilities for our local children as well as the wider community.” 
Peter Oakford, the Deputy Leader of KCC and local Kent County Councillor said: “I am delighted that we have reached this important milestone so we can see the construction of the hub finally get under way.”

Mr Oakford, a previous chairman of the town council, said he had sought election to STC primarily to instigate the hub project and see it through to fruition.
“It has taken a lot of effort by many people to get to this stage and, once completed, I am sure residents will appreciate the hub as a very welcome addition to the town’s facilities.” 
Nick Blackwell, STC Hub Board representative said; “I am extremely pleased that STC can now play its part in delivering the Hub for all residents of Southborough and High Brooms after so many years of waiting for it. We will be reaching out to the community as the project reaches fruition for their ideas and contributions in shaping the facility and ensuring its long term success”

Mike Hill, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, who is also chairman of the hub management board, said: “Signing this contract is a significant step forward in the hub project and I am particularly pleased to see new a library provision incorporated in the impressive new facilities.”

Carol Mackonochie, TWBC Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing and a member of the Hub Management Board said “Following hard work by many people, an important stage has been reached. The Hub and surrounds will protect services, provide new openings and grow and benefit Southborough. I look forward to the opening.”



Original layout plans for the Medical Centre (subject to current discussion) ground floor and first floor.






 

SAMC and The Hub
(updated JULY 18TH 2018 see items in red)

Do feel free to email additional questions you might have which will then be added here (not including your name), together with our responses. We may not have immediate answers to all of your questions as detailed plans are still to be developed, but they will be logged here together with an answer when we have one. 

Here is a link to Southborough Town Council's own FAQs which deal with overall questions on the Hub project.

Benefits

What will be the benefits for patients?
Opportunity to receive more in ‘the community services’: patients can receive a wider range of services at SAMC that they might otherwise have to travel to hospital or other clinics for. These may include counseling, physiotherapy and specialist diabetes support.
Note: The hub’s integration of the medical centre with the other community services enables the cross transfer of public health messages as well as education on preventative health care.
(question posted 1/7/2016; answered 1/7/2016 - closed)
 
What are the benefits for SAMC clinicians and staff?
More space will make it much easier to offer the best services to our patients, with more consulting rooms, better office conditions and sufficient storage for equipment.
Note: our patient list is 8,500 currently and is expected to reach 10,000 within the next four years.

The current centre has six consultancy rooms and two treatments rooms, and the plan is to increase this to 10 and four, respectively.
(question posted 1/7/2016; answered 1/7/2016 - closed)

Will the medical centre be used in the evenings?
Not for general practice by SAMC but we may rent out appropriate treatment rooms for other practitioners related to well-being, e.g. physiotherapy and plough any funds back into the practice for the benefit of our patients.
(question posted 18/10/2016; answered 18/10/2016 - closed)

Timing

When will the new medical centre be open?
The developers are planning to complete the new build by the end of 2019.
(question posted 1/7/2016; – but still open for updates)
 
Where can I check the progress of the move?
Here on our website – Southborough Hub page; and/or by signing up to receive our quarterly newsletter via email (you can do on this website) or by looking at a copy in the medical centre.

(question posted 1/7/2016; answered 1/7/2016 - closed)

General

Will the number of patients increase?
Not as a direct result but patient numbers have risen 4-fold in the last 30 years to more than 8,000 currently, and this is expected to reach 10,000 within the next four years.

(question posted 1/7/2016; answered 1/7/2016 - closed)

Will there be sufficient car parking places for patients? 

  • The hub car park will have around 90 spaces available to any Hub user (our originally ‘earmarked' parking in Pinewood Gardens has around 12 places)
  • There will 2 disabled spaces and staff parking immediately adjacent to the medical centre
  • Some of the 90 places are also likely to be reserved for disabled parking
  • Given that 90 places are available, it may not be necessary to earmark some of those spaces for the exclusive use of visitors to StAMC 
  • As it is now in the Yew Tree Road car park, it is likely that the first 2 hours of any parking will be free

(question posted 13/7/2016 answered 13/7/2016 - closed)