Chance to see plans for £1.2m medical centre

Plans for a new medical centre in Great Yarmouth will be unveiled at a drop-in information session later this month (Jan).

Chance to see plans for £1.2m medical centre.

Great Yarmouth & Waveney PCT

Plans for a new medical centre in Great Yarmouth will be unveiled at a drop-in information session later this month (Jan).

It will take place on Wednesday 31 January, 5pm-7pm, at the Cobholm & Lichfield Health & Resource Centre – which will be the site of the new development, which is expected to cost approximately £1.2m.

Great Yarmouth and Waveney Primary Care Trust (PCT) is working with Haven Health Properties, a specialist in primary health care, to relocate staff and patients from the current Nelson Medical Centre in Churchill Road to a new, purpose-built facility.

It will be a single-storey extension to the resource centre in Pasteur Road, Cobholm, which provides a range of family health services and opened just three years ago.

Sandy Griffiths, the PCT’s public and patient involvement manager, said that anyone was welcome to pop in on 31 January to learn more about the plans and to comment on them.

“The new centre will provide an up-to-date medical facility and pleasant environment for patients and staff,” she said.

“People involved in the project, such as the architect and the development team, will be on hand to answer any questions.”

Ms Griffiths said people living in Cobholm had been campaigning for about 25 years to have a surgery located in their area.

A patient group is being set for patients of the existing and new medical centre so they can work in partnership with staff to improve services. It will meet for the first time in the Churchill Road centre on Wednesday 7 February, beginning at 7pm. Anyone wanting more information should phone Lindsey Smith on 01493 851264 who should also be contacted in advance by people planning to attend the meeting.

After 31 January, the plans will be on show in the reception at the Cobholm & Lichfield Health & Resource Centre and in the Nelson Medical Centre.

Among the services that will be provided from the proposed new centre will be antenatal and postnatal care, cervical cytology, childhood immunisations, district nursing, health promotion, health visiting, long-term disease clinics, minor surgery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, speech and language therapy, travel immunisations and women’s health clinics.

The development will include four GP consulting rooms, two treatment/minor operation rooms, two multi-purpose clinical rooms, a waiting room and pharmacy.

Yvonne Landau, Managing Director of London-based Haven Health Properties, said an application for planning permission would be made next month.

“We are totally committed to providing a high-quality attractive building which will be fully fitted out the highest standards and which will accord with all the latest NHS and Disability Discrimination Act requirements,” she said.

If planning permission is given, it is hoped that work on the site will start by the end of June and be completed in March or April of next year.

Haven Health Properties is currently negotiating with Great Yarmouth Borough Council on the acquisition of part of the adjacent car park which would result in extra parking spaces for staff and visitors.

The current Nelson Medical Centre went into service in October 2003 just 10 weeks after it was ordered. Although temporary, it was purpose-built and is run directly by the PCT.

Its staff consists of four GPs, one nurse practitioner, four practice nurses, one medical secretary, one practice administrator, one practice manager, seven receptionists and one health care assistant – who are all employed by the PCT.

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