A new private medical centre could be created in Crewe town centre, creating an estimated 70-100 jobs in a bid to help with the long NHS waiting lists caused by the pandemic.
Applicant Cheshire Medical Centre (CMC) has submitted plans to transform the former Donna Louise Shop at 22a Market Street as well as 20 Market street into a new medical facility.
The development would include a day surgery unit, poly clinics, renal dialysis unit, a GP practice with three clinics per day, laboratory facilities and a pharmacy.
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A statement submitted with the application referred to the lengthening NHS waiting times caused by the pandemic and stated the aim of the new centre would be to offer ‘effective and prompt surgeries within the shortest waiting time possible’.
It also stated that Cheshire Medical Centre’s aim would be to create ‘approximately 70-100 jobs’, including doctors, nurses, receptionists, lab technicians, security, drivers, accountants, porters and domestic work
The statement read: “CMC’s goal is to provide medical aid to the people living in the Cheshire East Council (area) as well as other areas surrounding Cheshire.
“The Covid pandemic created a significant increase on the already long waiting list, these elective surgeries were postponed and can have serious complications and chronic negative side effects on a patient.
“Before the pandemic, cataract surgery on the NHS list took between a waiting time of three to six months, now it has changed to one to two years.
“If a patient continues to wait for longer time for a cataract surgery this can lead to severe complications or blindness; similar complications are evident in other surgical operations due to extended waiting times.
“Nonetheless, such consequences can be avoided and CMC plans to solve this by offering effective and prompt surgeries within the shortest waiting time possible to ensure that the patient will no longer have to suffer due to slow related surgery.
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“Furthermore, CMC’s aim is to create more job opportunities in different sectors within the town of Crewe. CMC’s estimation is to create approximately 70-100 jobs, including doctors, nurses, receptionists, lab technicians, security, drivers, accountants, porters and domestic work and over time the aim is to generate more positions for potential jobseekers.
“CMC also plans to offer medical training and education for pursing health care students and junior health care students, as well as work experience which will be available for different specialties that will be in the health care centre.
“The majority of private hospitals and day surgery clinics in the UK have contracts with the NHS in order to cut down the pressure on NHS hospitals.
“Cheshire Medical Centre’s initiative is to strive for better medical centres and better medical quality in an era where independent sectors are able to provide the best healthcare for people that need elective surgery where we can prevent detrimental and dire risks on patients if left prolonged and untreated.”
Procedures offered by the day surgery would include general surgery, colorectal surgery, endoscopy, ENT surgery, Ophthalmic surgery, gynaecology/obstetric procedures, orthopaedic surgery, breast surgery, vascular surgery and plastic surgery.
The plans propose to add three storeys to the top of 22a Market Street as well as building an additional storey and first floor rear extension to number 20.
The application is available to view on the Cheshire East Council website (reference number 21/4270N) and comments can be made until the end of September 29.