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Public give backing to health and care centre plans

08:00 18 January 2013

The hope is to offer more services for Halesworth

The hope is to offer more services for Halesworth's ageing population.

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Halesworth residents braved the snow and ice on Tuesday and Wednesday as they showed their support for plans to enhance the town’s health services.

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Many travelled to the Rifle Hall to take a closer look at Halesworth Health’s plans for a new health and care centre.

The charity is hoping to boost services in the town and surrounding villages, with inpatient beds as well as nursing home care, respite care and specialist dementia care all possible at a site on land at Dairy Hill.

Dr Richard Kell, chairman of Halesworth Health, said there was a lot of support for the plans.

“All of the people who came to our exhibition expressed their support for our plans, and some went further to suggest other services they would like to see delivered locally,” he said.

“We can’t make any promises, but we will look at all of those requests. On average we are almost 30 miles from any of the nearest district general hospitals, so it makes sense to maintain our excellent local health and care services, and to prepare for future need.”

Halesworth Health was set up in 2011 by Cutlers Hill Surgery, Patrick Stead Hospital League of Friends, Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund and Community First Responders to look at the future health needs of the area.

The group wants all the existing services to continue in the town but is hoping a new purpose-built centre can add to them.

Dr Kell said: “The land that is available is adjacent to our existing hospital and surgery, so we could have everything on one extended site – it’s a now or never opportunity.”

Visit www.halesworthhealth.org

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