New Practice Premises Plans 

Posted by: Paramjit Panesar - Posted on:

Practice building site in progress

Patients registered with Ivy Medical Group (IMG) 

15 June 2023 

Re: New GP premises plans 

Over the last 12 months IMG have been working with NHS management leads from Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) to secure their support for new premises for the practice. We have recently been informed that we can develop our plans further and prepare a business case.  

This still does not secure funding for new premises, as there are many GP practices across Nottinghamshire that also have a need for new buildings. However, it moves us one step further forward and finding a suitable site will be critical, as many business cases fail due to lack of available land options. 

The IMG public meetings last year raised concern about the practice buildings and strongly supported a new premise solution. Attendees wanted to help with this and asked where this could be and how it could be secured. I am sorry we haven’t been able to be more open about this, but we did not want to raise expectations. I can confirm that the ICB is happy for the practice to work with Assura, a specialist healthcare property developer to look at potential sites and provide an options appraisal on what may be available.  This will provide a view of the new premises options and how services can be delivered in the future. The developer will produce a business case with all this detail over a period of 6 months. 

I must stress that no site has yet been identified as a preferred location and the business case will look at all possible sites. A desktop exercise has been undertaken to determine where a new premise might be located as this has to be within a certain geographical location in line with the NHS contract.  

We undertook a paper exercise and considered several possible sites of which two are worthy of more consideration. Shortlisting is ongoing but the Old School Building (OSB) site in Burton Joyce, owned by the Old School Trust (OST) is a possibility. If the OSB site was to be taken forward, we would ensure plans preserved the building as we see this as an important landmark in the heart of the village. 

Tracy Madge is the voluntary secretary of IMG Patient Participation Group (PPG) and a registered patient at the practice. Tracy has a clinical background and experience in NHS premises. I have asked her to be the main point of contact within the practice for all queries about the new premises. Tracy will be supported by Stephen Scott, the Chair of the PPG.  

We will keep you regularly updated but if you have any queries about the new premises, please contact Tracy on 

I look forward to sharing progress with you over the coming months. 

With kindest regards 

Dr Panesar. 

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Melanie Maddock – IMG 

Tracy Madge – PPG 

Stephen Scott – PPG