Letter to NHS about GP services in Teynham

On behalf of the community, Teynham Parish Council have written to Paul Bentley, Chief Executive Kent and Medway ICB NHS to highlight the continued absence of a local doctors' facility in Teynham. A copy of the email is shown below. 

Paul Bentley, Chief Executive,
Kent and Medway ICB,

Monday 9 October

Dear Mr Bentley

Re: General Practice (GP) provision in the Parish of Teynham

Teynham Parish Council, on behalf of the local community, urgently highlights the continued absence of a local doctors' facility in Teynham. We also draw your attention to the earmarked land that holds immense potential for the establishment of a much-needed GP facility.

Since July 2022, residents of Teynham and neighboring parishes have been compelled to travel to Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital for GP services. This not only exacerbates the community concerns but also amplifies issues such as road traffic congestion, compromised air quality, and the financial burden placed on our residents due to transport costs to and from Sittingbourne.

Teynham Parish Council note that land has been set aside for a potential GP surgery/medical centre is included on the outline plans relating to the Frognal Place development (Application No. Swale/16/507689/OUT). We understand that the land is owned by Trenport, but not included in the outline plans. It is not clear at this stage on how/if this will be delivered for both existing and new residents of the village.

Teynham Parish Council is committed to working with all parties, including the NHS, other authorities and developers to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are engaged in delivering a GP provision in the Parish of Teynham at the earliest opportunity.

We request an update on the local GP plans and guidance on the actionable steps that can be taken to propel this promising opportunity forward. The health and well-being of our community depend on the rapid resolution of this matter.