Greyfriars consultation results to be discussed next week

The new Greyfriars health centre, Yarmouth.

The new Greyfriars health centre, Yarmouth. - Credit: Archant © 2011

The results of a public consultation over plans to close the Greyfriars walk in centre are to be discussed at a public meeting on July 28.

Integral Medical Holding’s contract on the building comes to an end on September 30, and the plan is for the building to be used as an enhanced NHS 111 service and expanded out of hours care centre.

The move has angered many with more than 3,000 people signing a petition in protest at the closure.

Tony Crone, who started the petition said it looks likely the closure will go ahead, but that it does not mean they will stop fighting.

He said: “We don’t want people to think that this is a completely lost battle, we are still looking for more signatures, we still are campaigning against the closure.

“It looks like the closure will go ahead but even there is another group come in to operate the facility as a walk in centre we would be pleased.”

Mr Crone raised the matter with councillors a meeting at Town Hall on Tuesday.

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Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader Graham Plant said a further behind closed doors meeting has been arranged for August 11. This meeting will consist of himself, UKIP leader Kay Grey, Labour leader Trevor Wainwright, housing and neighbours committee chairman Penny Carpenter, Shiela Oxtoby and the chief executive and chairman of the Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG.

Mr Plant said: “Basically this is a £8m building which was only built several years ago and at the minute that is looking like bad judgement.

“There is nothing for people north of the river. With Greyfriars closing, and with the Falklands and Belton surgeries closing and moving to the Magdalen Hub this means there is going to be that much more people crossing the river.

“I had a letter from an old lady who lives near the Gorleston Medical Centre and she says that the road is getting very busy with more people now visiting that centre.”

Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG last week stated that European regulations meant they could not extend the Greyfriars contract.

A spokesperson from the CCG this week said: “Most GPs hold general medical services or personal medical services contracts which do not have an end date. “Services at Greyfriars are covered by a different type of contract called an alternative provider medical services contract which are time limited.”

Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) public meeting at 1.30pm on July 28 will also look in more detail at the way local services are performing.

The meeting takes place at the CCG’s headquarters at Beccles House, Common Lane North, Beccles.

Agenda papers will be available at a few days before the meeting.