Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions about the overall programme
Why has there been a delay to the WeyBetter Weybridge programme?
Following the fire at Weybridge hospital in 2017, work began to review the opportunity for redevelopment, encompassing a wider area than just the health centre. This is a complex piece of work involving multiple public sector organisations and includes the requirement to secure insurance money and further funds to deliver our ambitious plans.
We have taken the time to conduct research on health services required against a backdrop of the services available in the surrounding area. We have spoken to residents to understand what they want to see to make Weybridge a better place to live and work. The last two years have also seen us living through an unprecedented pandemic, which has resulted in other health services being prioritised. The programme was formally reconstituted in the autumn of 2021 and we now believe we are in a better place to move swiftly forward with our plans.
When and how will residents be engaged?
Since September 2021 we have been supported by a Stakeholder Reference Group (local residents, stakeholders and local Councillors) that have an interest in the proposals. This group will help us develop the proposals but also think about how we would further engage with the public, having helped co-design the May 2022 event. These will take the form of different forums, ranging from similar public engagement events to smaller focus groups.
Residents can also be updated on this webpage. We will look to be bringing more detailed designs forward in early 2023 and will involve the wider community in the development of the proposals across the health campus.
When can we expect building for the health campus to start?
Subject to planning permission, it is expected that building would start in Summer 2024. Throughout this phase we will need to be mindful of the need to continue delivering services with minimal disruption to staff, patients and the local community.
When will the new facilities be fully open and operational?
Subject to funding and planning permission, construction of the health campus will be completed by the end of 2025, however a short period of time will be needed after this date to move services into the building from the existing locations including the two Weybridge GP practices.
Which sites are involved and who is involved in each site?
Partners are working together to bring a full package of local improvements to Weybridge residents. NHS will be leading the delivery on the Weybridge Community Hospital Site, Surrey County Council the delivery of the transformed library building, road and infrastructure improvements, and Elmbridge Borough Council the improvements with the plaza and the transfer of the car parking provision to Churchfields Bowling Green.
However, a key benefit of our approach is the ability for one partner to support another so that there is a collective rather than individual approach.