September 2 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NHS bosses have expressed their fears about the future of a Norwich medical centre after its lease was not renewed.
Castle Mall owners InfraRed claim to be in discussions with the Timber Hill Health Centre to move it to a “larger and more central site” within the shopping complex.
But Katie Norton, director of commissioning for NHS England, said the decision to move to a new location had been rejected by the centre.
The practice is currently located in the proposed area for a new restaurant quarter on level 4 of the Castle Mall.
“We are very disappointed in the decision of the owners of The Mall not to renew the lease,” she said.
“We recognise the important services provided by Timber Hill Health Centre and we are committed to working with Timber Hill and the Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk to identify options for the future.
“It is important to recognise that Timber Hill is a purpose-built medical centre and moving it will cause considerable disruption.
“At this time, the option of moving to an alternative location in the Mall has been rejected by Norwich Practices Limited on the basis of the significant additional cost associated with the option that has been put forward by the landlord.”
She added that she was disappointed that InfraRed had submitted a planning application for the area used by the health centre without consultation.
Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, said: “While I welcome investment to the city centre, I know that anyone coming from the north side of Norwich valued a conveniently placed walk in centre.
“We fought tooth and nail to stop the centre moving from Dussindale, and at that time arguments were put that the city centre was a better location.
“I am poised to work with the health authority to find a solution for my constituents.”