New premises for doctors’ surgery

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THE GP Practice at Terrington St John has moved into new premises in the centre of the village.

The surgery comprises modular units brought over from London. They were used as an NHS walk-in centre in Westminster. They are located next to the Scout Hut in Terrington St John, which was used for six weeks.

Health chiefs are stressing the new premises are themselves only an interim solution until a permanent solution is in place.

The GP Practice in Terrington St John was taken over on November 1 by the primary healthcare group First Health Ltd, following a public tender by NHS Norfolk.

Dr Luke Twelves, Medical Director of First Health Ltd said: “We wish to thank our patients and the communities of Terrington St John and all the surrounding villages for their support over the last six weeks, in particular, the assistance given by the Scout Group and local councillors.

“I also wish to pay tribute to our staff for putting up with less than ideal conditions and working so hard to make our patients as comfortable as possible during this transition.

“The new surgery is fit for purpose, it has been deep cleaned and it is warm and much more appropriate for GP and nursing consultations.”

As well as a reception and waiting area for patients there are seven clinical rooms and office space. Access for disabled people is built in.

David Stonehouse, the deputy Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk added: “The modular buildings now in use at Terrington St John remain an interim solution. Together with First Health we are still working to find a permanent solution and will continue to do so.”

“Senior Executives from NHS Norfolk and First Health have held a number of meetings with local representatives and will continue to do so for as long as required.”