Axe falls on walk-in clinic in Great Yarmouth despite thousands signing petition

Protest outside the NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) by people oppo

Protest outside the NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) by people opposed to the closing of Greyfriars Medical Clinic and Walk in Centre in Great Yarmouth.Chief Executive Andy Evans (left) receives the petition.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Health bosses have sealed the fate of a walk-in clinic in Great Yarmouth, saying the service will close for good in September.

Protest outside the NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) by people oppo

Protest outside the NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) by people opposed to the closing of Greyfriars Medical Clinic and Walk in Centre in Great Yarmouth.Chief Executive Andy Evans (left) receives the petition.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

The plan to close the Greyfrairs health centre in Howard Street South Great Yarmouth was first debated by NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commission Group (CCG) in May.

Health bosses reconsidered plans to completely close the £8million facility which opened in 2009 after an outcry from the public.

At a meeting of the CCG's governing body in Beccles yesterday, the panel voted to close the walk-in facility despite public opposition.

Campaigners protested outside the meeting and presented the CCG's chief executive, Andy Evans, with a petition which was signed by over 2,700 people.

Mr Evans told the governing body of the 5,000 GP patients at Greyfrairs, nearly 4,000 would be reallocated to the surgery next door.

The Greyfriars building will remain to patients open but only on weekends and bank holidays, and with a reduced appointment-only service.

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MP for Great Yarmouth, Brandon Lewis, said he would now take the matter up with the Department of Health.