Beccles Medical Centre recruits new clinician to help tackle staffing shortage

Beccles Health Campus.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Beccles Health Campus. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A medical practice suffering from ongoing staffing issues is welcoming the arrival of a locum doctor to help deal with patient demand.

Dr Lauren Whittaker will be joining Beccles Medical Centre for three days a week from Tuesday, October 10.

A spokesman for the centre said: 'We are pleased to welcome Dr Whittaker to Beccles Medical Centre.

'She will be joining us as a long-term locum on Tuesday and we look forward to working with her.'

The past six months has seen four GPs retire, four resign and another take long-term sick leave.

Staffing issues have been forcing the practice to ask patients to self-care and only contact it with 'urgent medical problems.'

The spokesman added: 'We are continuing to work closely with the Clinical Commissioning Group to recruit further clinicians and will keep our patients informed as these plans progress.

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'We would like to thank our patients once more for their ongoing support during this period.'