WeyBetter Weybridge is bringing back health and community services to the town.
WeyBetterWeybridge is the name of the programme bringing together Alliance partners - NHS SurreyHeartlands, Surrey County Council and Elmbridge Borough Council to redevelop the healthcare and community facilities in Weybridge.
WeyBetter Weybridge Health Campus Event January 2023
You can see the latest designs for the health campus at a pop-up display and drop in session in January 2023. Get all the details by visiting the following page:
From our engagement with local people, we know how much of a priority it is to residents to see progress on an affordable, achievable plan to build a new health campus, which will provide state of the art accommodation for the two GP practices alongside other services such as mental health and outpatients clinics.
Therefore the scheme is now moving into a new phase - led by a partnership between Surrey County Council, NHS Surrey Heartlands and Elmbridge Borough Council - which will have primary focus on the health campus, whilst planning for a further stage of development which will encompass the library.
What will WeyBetter Weybridge deliver?
The immediate priority for the WeyBetter Weybridge project is to build the health campus. From our engagement with residents, we know that's the main concern and we're looking to do this as quickly as possible.
Future plans for the site – which covers the old hospital, carpark and library - also include the redevelopment of the library and other facilities such as a community centre. The site holds many opportunities, but we also need to take care with its development. It is important that the plans consider all users and have the support of the site’s neighbours. Therefore, our stakeholder engagement work is very important.
Alongside the plans for community facilities, Surrey County Council is planning improvements to the town centre. The aim is to create a better town centre environment by improving pedestrian crossings and street furniture, encouraging active travel such as walking and cycling and improving traffic flow and associated air quality. The community will be involved in developing these designs.
What has happened since the fire in 2017?
In 2017 a fire destroyed the Weybridge Community Hospital. A range of services including outpatient, urgent care and primary care (two GP Practices) services had been located within the site. Since the fire, the two GP Practices have been re-housed in temporary portacabins. The other NHS services have been provided in locations across the North West Surrey locality.
The NHS begun a process to build a new health campus, considering service demand at the time of the fire and also considering the future needs of the population of North West Surrey. A number of options have been considered but a preferred option has not been agreed.
A number of engagement activities have also been held to gather the views of local people. This work concluded in June 2021.
We now want to see faster progress on an affordable, achievable plan. This new phase – led by a partnership between Surrey County Council, NHS Surrey Heartlands and Elmbridge Borough Council – will have an initial primary focus on the health campus, while planning for a further stage of development, which will encompass the library.