AN ANDOVER doctor’s surgery could be relocated as talks are underway on the future of health services in the town.

The West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who are responsible for designing health services in the area, have begun discussions on the outlook of Andover Health Centre.

Currently the practice, which serves 14,000 patients, is in Charlton Road but with proposals to build a health and wellbeing hub in the town being worked on it has been hinted that it could move.

As the Advertiser previously reported the CCG is seeking to develop the hub with the five GP practices in the town, including Andover Health Centre, in order to meet the needs of the growing population.

But options are also being considered to redevelop the health centre into a “fit for purpose, flexible and sustainable building that meets national standards,” according to reports from board reports.

A CCG spokesman said that there no plans to move the hub into the centre or for all GP practices to move under one roof.

But he added: “Options being considered include the Andover Health Centre GP Practice moving to new accommodation and we are currently working with the practise to finalise the planned location.”

However, the potential move and hub are dependent on around £6.4million of funding from NHS England and its Estates and Technology Transformation Fund.

“To secure funding West Hampshire CCG will need to demonstrate that the hub will effectively support the GP practices and improve collaboration of existing care services, to ultimately improve the health of the local population,” the spokesman added.

Possible locations for the hub or any move of Andover Health Centre have yet to be revealed.

In June this year Andover Health Centre was criticised by the Care Quality Commission in a damning report and was rated as ‘requires improvement’.

Inspectors found a catalogue of concerns and deemed it was not adhering to adhering to practice policies and learning from incidents and complaints were not widely shared, so all staff were not given information on how to minimise recurrences.