A TV doctor could be working in Wigan if plans for a new medical practice are given the thumbs up.
Building surveyor Cassidy + Ashton has put forward a planning application to Wigan Council to build a new Standish Medical Practice, off Preston Road.
If the application is approved Dr Arun Ghosh, a GP, who has appeared on the The Jeremy Kyle Show and on Trinny and Susannah’s Great British Body series, could be running surgeries from there.
A public consultation is due to take place this month and, if planning permission is given, work is expected to begin early next year.
Dr Ghosh said: “There will be excellent, state-of-the-art, facilities available so that people living in Standish can benefit from the best healthcare there is to offer.
“From a GP’s perspective this is also an incredibly exciting development too.”
Dr Ghosh has also featured on the BBC’s Inside Out programme, unmasking the truth behind faith healers who claim to cure diseases, and features regularly on various local radio stations.
The medical practice will have a pharmacy, treatment rooms, physio suites, a physiotherapy gym and dentist surgeries.
There will also be conference and meeting rooms.
Wigan Independent Conservative Party Councillor Gareth Fairhurst has pledged his support to the new development.
He said: “Developments in the health service in Standish have been limited for years and this is the kind of facility people here have been crying out for.”
Alban Cassidy, director of Cassidy + Ashton, said: “The architect who has designed the building, David Cockrell, has lived in Standish all his life.
“All things going well we would expect building work to begin early next year, with it open in the summer.
“We are well aware that a lot of people living in Standish often travel out of the area for their health care or dental care.
“There are those who cannot register with a dentist because of lack of available space.
“We hope the development will ease the situation.”
Coun Gareth Fairhurst is standing for re-election.
Other candidates standing are George Davies, from the Labour Party, Anthony Farrell, from the British National Party, Robin Gibson, from the Conservative Party and Keith Jones, from UKIP.