New health centre set to be approved

A PLAN to demolish a derelict clinic in Great Yarmouth's town centre and replace it with a new seven-day-a-week walk-in health centre looks set to approved by councillors.

A PLAN to demolish a derelict clinic in Great Yarmouth's town centre and replace it with a new seven-day-a-week walk-in health centre looks set to approved by councillors.

NHS Yarmouth and Waveney wants to knock down the Greyfriars Clinic in Howard Street South to make way for replacement portable buildings for three years.

After that period it is proposed to replace the temporary buildings with a purpose built two or three-storey clinic and would include the conversion of the Ship Inn into a family clinic. However, these proposals are subject to ongoing negotiations.

Greyfriars clinic has been boarded up since it closed in December 2005. A structural survey found that while renovation of the building was possible it would be costly as the single-storey building has a leaking roof and cracked brickwork.


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Trees on the site would be lost although planning officers say the loss would “not affect the appearance of the conservation area”.

The temporary buildings would house a new surgery

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Planning officers say the current building is in a “poor state of repair” and adds “little to the aesthetics of either the conservation area or the area as a whole”.

They add the scheme would benefit residents in the local area.

If approved the borough council on Tuesday night the site could be up and running by mid 2009 and will provide GP services, weight management, vaccinations and stop smoking and sexual health advice.

The meeting will take place at the Town Hall at 6pm.

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