Plans for �8m NHS Greyfriars walk-in clinic in Great Yarmouth given green light

THIS is the curvy shape of things to come at the Greyfriars medical centre in Great Yarmouth.

A scheme for permanent buildings to replace temporary modular ones at Greyfriars walk-in clinic in was approved by planners this week.

The GP-led centre, said to cost up to �8m by the time the building work is finished, aims to be a one-stop-hub for a range of services when it is finished, open seven days a week, 365 days a year.

On Tuesday members of the development control committee approved the three-storey building which wraps round the corner plot next to the former Ship Inn public house which has also been converted to form part of the scheme and was completed 18 months ago.

At Michael Jeal’s request a condition was added that the upper floor windows facing nearby flats have obscure glazing.

The walk-in centre will move to a permanent home in Congregational Hall, Greyfriars, just 100 yards away from its current temporary home. The new 1200sq m health building in the heart of a conservation area will house two more GP practices, benefiting those who work and live in the town.

Andy Peck, head of estates, facilities and risk with NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney said: “We are really pleased that we have received planning consent for a new primary care facility on the Greyfriars campus.

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“We are at a very early stage in this project and our proposals for the site are subject to the availability of capital funding next year from the Department of Health.

“If funding of around �3m is secured it is likely that we will begin building works in 2012.”

Greyfriars Plain in Great Yarmouth was identified as the location for the new health centre following a public consultation.

The new GP led health centre and walk in service has been funded by NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

The practice boundary stretches from Gorleston in the south to Scratby in the north and as far east as Thrigby.

It offers appointments as well as a walk in service to both registered and non registered patients.

The centre, inspired by Lord Darzi, was the first such walk in centre to open in the region.