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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Millom GP services to move to hospital

A DOCTORS’ surgery in Millom will close due to “health and safety” issues, it has been announced.

Waterloo House Practice in Wellington Street, will shut from April 1.

GP services in the town will re-locate to Millom Hospital, according to NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.

The closure was discussed at a meeting on Monday between councillors and representatives from Millom Hospital, Waterloo House and the CCG.

Millom mayor Brian Crawford announced the move at Millom Town Council on Wednesday.

A letter to councillors, from senior commissioner Corinne Ralph, read: “From April 1, the people of Millom will find their GP surgery based in the community hospital.

“This will be followed by a gradual transfer of all nursing and administrative functions into the hospital site.”

Waterloo House has had problems with access due to consultancy rooms located on the first floor. There is no lift in the building.

Ms Ralph said the move had been “precipitated by the work that is required to ensure the current practice accommodation and facilities are up to the standards required by the Care Quality Commission and health and safety.”

The plan would include separate entrances for the hospital wards and the GP surgery to ensure patient safety and confidentiality is protected.

Cllr Crawford said the plan had been to construct a new purpose built building to house the surgery. However, due to limited funding, the measure had been put in place as a “stop-gap” and the long term plan was still to find a new site.

Cllr Crawford said: “Obviously parking at the hospital will be an issue. The idea has been raised to maybe move the ambulance station to near the fire station on Lancashire Road and demolish the building for a car park.”

The dilapidated St George’s Hall, in Lapstone Road, had been earmarked as the site of a potential new building.

Depending on negotiations with its owners, the Diocese of Carlisle, it could also be used for extra parking.

A drop in event, offering residents a chance to discuss the move and any health related concerns, will take place on Tuesday at The Clocktower Cafe, in Market Square, between 8.30am and 7pm.

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