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Chiddingfold Surgery fire fundraiser appeal

Chiddingfold Surgery Fire

Published by Carol Musgrave at 1:16pm 11th January 2019.

A local charity is asking for help get Chiddingfold Surgery back on its feet after it was destroyed in a fire on Monday.

The Friends of Chiddingfold Surgery says donations are needed for medical equipment following the devastating blaze in Ridgley Road.

The fire broke out at around 3:45am on January 7, taking the roof off and gutting the building.

Chiddingfold Surgery Fire

Since then, an appeal has been launched to raise money ahead of doctors setting up a temporary base in Milford.

The Friends have in the past raised money for equipment not provided by the NHS, such as ambulatory blood pressure monitors.

They now say they are working with the practice "to provide equipment to help restore a full medical service as soon as possible."

Simon Inchbald, Chairman of the Friends, said the community is devastated:

"Clearly this fire is a terrible tragedy both for the doctors' practice and for the community it serves.

"The practice caters for nearly 5,000 patients, not only in Chiddingfold but also in Dunsfold, Northchapel, Ebernoe, Grayswood, Alfold, Loxwood, Kirdford, Plaistow and Hambledon, covering an area of 100 square miles.

"The fire completely gutted the Surgery, but fortunately the building and its contents were covered by insurance, and we anticipate a full repayment in due course.

"Our main concern at present is to bridge the gap between the current situation - where the doctors have no equipment at all! - and the future we hope for, where the Surgery is rebuilt and completely re-equipped."

Patients are being accommodated at Dunsfold Surgery which is open full time.

A statement on the Chiddingfold Surgery website said it had been offered rooms at Milford Crossroads Surgery.

It said their telephone lines are open on the usual number and that there would be more appointments available next week.

Looking to the future, it said:

"We are actively securing a medium term solution and our aim is to be back in our surgery in the shortest possible time after rebuilding."





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