Doctors at Newquay Health Centre say they're expecting thousands of extra patients in the coming years as they look to expand their capacity.

It comes as demands on GP surgeries across the West Country are increasing year on year as more housing developments are built around the region.

Doctors at Newquay Health Centre say the surgery is almost at full capacity. Credit: ITV News West Country

The workload has been particularly heavy at the centre this winter.

Hundreds of patients are joining the surgery each month after a boom in building new housing in the area.

Our list is gradually increasing. There's a new housing estate at Nansledan which is forecast to increase the list size by between ten-fifteen thousand in the next twenty years, with other smaller estates popping up all around. There are two practices in Newquay and we're both full. Our list is nearly all we can cope with safely without taking on more doctors and we haven't got anymore room.

Dr Andrew Flewitt, Newquay Health Centre

However, plans are being made to try and reduce the pressure on the surgery.

We are looking at ways we can increase our capacity. We're working with the CCG and NHS England to try and work things out for the future.

Dr Steve Seale, Newquay Health Centre

However, patients speaking to ITV News were full of praise for the surgery saying the service 'was absolutely brilliant' and that they 'couldn't fault them in anyway.'

Royal Cornwall hospital has also been working under extreme pressure in recent months but GPs still have to make referrals for their patients. Credit: ITV News West Country

With Treliske struggling that's a sign the whole system is struggling. We're managing as best as we can and support the hospital as much as we can.

Dr Steve Seale, Newquay Health Centre
Summer also takes it toll on GP surgeries in the region. Credit: ITV News West Country

The West Country healthcare system seems to now being facing year-round pressure as winter takes its toll so does summer.

With hundreds of thousands of visitors heading to the region with some inevitably needing medical attention.