Norwich health clinic to serve community once again

A new community clinic officially opened yesterday, at the site of a former walk-in centre.

The Dussindale Community Clinic, on Pound Lane, was a walk-in before it controversially closed in 2009.

The new clinic, created by the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C), will provide local patients access to health services closer to their homes.

The unit's three clinical rooms will be used by the trust to provide people with a variety of services, including access to both leg ulcer and continence clinics.

It will also be used by NCH&C's Smokefree Norfolk service to help people to stop smoking and will also be a base for nursing and therapy teams, from which they will visit patients.

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NCH&C's chairman Ken Applegate said: 'This Clinic epitomises NCH&C's commitment to 'Looking after you locally' and will help to make our services even more accessible to local people.

'Today also marks an exciting new era for Dussindale as it means the building, which has formerly been used by the NHS, will once again be used to provide health and care services to local people.

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'I was very pleased that the opening was so well attended, which is testament to the significance of this Clinic for the local community.'

Also in attendance yesterday were NCH&C's interim chief executive Paul Cracknell, chairman of NHS Norfolk Sheila Childerhouse, Thorpe St Andrew mayor John Ward, officials from local GP practices and representatives from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust Maternity team, who plan to deliver clinics from the site.

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