The shape of things to come

Images of a proposed £1.2m medical centre for Great Yarmouth have gone on public display.

The shape of things to come.

Images of a proposed £1.2m medical centre for Great Yarmouth have gone on public display.

If planning permission is given, Great Yarmouth and Waveney Primary Care Trust (PCT) hopes work on the development will start by the end of June and be completed in March or April of next year.

The PCT is working with London-based Haven Health Properties, a specialist in primary health care, to relocate staff and patients from the current Nelson Medical Centre in Churchill Road to the new, purpose-built facility which will be an extension of the Cobholm & Lichfield Health & Resource Centre in Pasteur Road, Cobholm.

The plans for the single-storey development are currently on show at both the Churchill Road and Pasteur Road sites and at Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT’s headquarters at 1 Common Lane North, Beccles.

Sandy Griffiths, the PCT’s public and patient involvement manager, said the extension would be bigger than the current health and resource centre, which provides a range of family health services.

“The plans were unveiled on 31 January at a drop-in information evening at the health and resource centre which was attended by a steady flow of people,” she said.

“They were interested in the services which are planned for the new medical centre and the colour options for the façade of the proposed building.

“Other issues, such as the desire of people currently registered with other GPs in the town to transfer there, were also identified and will be managed as the development proceeds.

“We are keen to listen to people’s views on this new facility. They should write to Lindsey Smith, practice manager of the current Nelson Medical Centre.”

Ms Griffiths said an application for planning permission was expected be made to Great Yarmouth Borough Council later this month.

The centre will include four GP consulting rooms, two treatment/minor operation rooms, two multi-purpose clinic rooms, a waiting room and pharmacy. Among its services will be antenatal and postnatal care, cervical cytology, childhood immunisations, district nursing, health promotion, health visiting, long-term disease clinics, minor surgery, travel immunisations and women’s health clinics.

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

People living in Cobholm have been campaigning for about 25 years to have a surgery located in their area.

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.

* A patient group is being set up for patients of the existing and new medical centre so they work in partnership with staff to improve services. Anyone wanting details of when it will meet or any other information should phone Lindsey Smith on 01493 851264.

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