Surgery issue is finally resolved

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PATIENTS in and around Terrington St John will soon be able to see their doctor or nurse in the village’s purpose-built surgery building.

A deal has been struck enabling the Practice to move into the former St John’s surgery building in Main Road and a 10-year lease to rent the building has been signed.

The building has been emptied except for items which were donated by patients, which have been left behind. A trust fund is being set up for money donated by patients whilst GP services were provided by the former practice.

A date for the move has not been set because some minor works need to be carried out including new flooring and decoration to ensure the building complies with new infection control standards set to apply in April 2012.

NHS Norfolk put the contract to provide primary care to tender in 2010, after the partnership running the former GP Practice in Terrington St John was dissolved. The contract was awarded to First Health (UK) Ltd,

Negotiations to take over the surgery building were unsuccessful in the run up to First Health taking over last November. As a result, the new doctors’ Practice began to operate from Terrington St John Scout hut initially before temporary mobile buildings were brought in.