Waltham Forest Echo

Waltham Forest Echo

GP aims to go from 6,500 to 10,000 patients in new £1.4m building

The GP's new "state-of-the-art" home cost £1.4million

Hero for GP aims to go from 6,500 to 10,000 patients in new £1.4m building
The GP's new home in the Sutherland Road development (credit: NEL CCG)
By Victoria Munro 13 May 2022

A Walthamstow GP is set to move into a new £1.4million building at the end of this month to allow it to almost double its list of patients in the next 15 years.A Walthamstow GP is set to move into a new £1.4million building at the end of this month to allow it to almost double its list of patients in the next 15 years.

The Lime Tree and Sinnott Healthcare practice, currently based in Sinnott Road, will move into a new “state-of-the-art” building in the Sutherland Road development on 30th May.The Lime Tree and Sinnott Healthcare practice, currently based in Sinnott Road, will move into a new “state-of-the-art” building in the Sutherland Road development on 30th May.

The development, which replaced former industrial buildings and was completed in 2017, consists of 59 homes, the health centre and a “shared communal garden”.The development, which replaced former industrial buildings and was completed in 2017, consists of 59 homes, the health centre and a “shared communal garden”.

The scheme’s architect Levitt Bernstein previously wrote the building would become a “space for a group of local doctors who wanted to set up a new practice”, rather than a new home for an existing one.The scheme’s architect Levitt Bernstein previously wrote the building would become a “space for a group of local doctors who wanted to set up a new practice”, rather than a new home for an existing one.

In a press release to the Echo, the local NHS stated that the goal of the move was to allow the GP, which currently has 6,500 registered patients, to expand to up to 10,000 patients over the next 15 years.In a press release to the Echo, the local NHS stated that the goal of the move was to allow the GP, which currently has 6,500 registered patients, to expand to up to 10,000 patients over the next 15 years.

They also state the practice will “benefit from investment in digital technologies to facilitate self-monitoring, allowing patients to take greater control of their own care”.They also state the practice will “benefit from investment in digital technologies to facilitate self-monitoring, allowing patients to take greater control of their own care”.

The increased capacity will be necessary given Waltham Forest Council’s ongoing regeneration of the “Sutherland Road Quarter”, set out in a planning document created in 2016.The increased capacity will be necessary given Waltham Forest Council’s ongoing regeneration of the “Sutherland Road Quarter”, set out in a planning document created in 2016.

The document sets out an ambition to see almost 300 new homes built in the neighbourhood, which it states is “fast becoming one of the borough’s most sought after places to live”.The document sets out an ambition to see almost 300 new homes built in the neighbourhood, which it states is “fast becoming one of the borough’s most sought after places to live”.

William Cunningham-Davis, director of primary care and transformation for the North East London NHS, said: “The new healthcare facility at the Sutherland Road development is the first of many planned projects to transform the healthcare system in Waltham Forest in order to improve patient experience and health outcomes.William Cunningham-Davis, director of primary care and transformation for the North East London NHS, said: “The new healthcare facility at the Sutherland Road development is the first of many planned projects to transform the healthcare system in Waltham Forest in order to improve patient experience and health outcomes.

“Through partnership working with the local council, our vision is to provide local residents with healthcare facilities that are fit for the 21st century and provide our practice teams with modern buildings to future-proof for increased demand on primary care.”“Through partnership working with the local council, our vision is to provide local residents with healthcare facilities that are fit for the 21st century and provide our practice teams with modern buildings to future-proof for increased demand on primary care.”