Lowestoft: Kirkley Mill Health Centre officially opens

Kirkley Mill Health Centre

Kirkley Mill Health Centre - Credit: Archant

A new £6million health centre bringing a range of services under one roof has officially opened.

Kirkley Mill Health Centre, on Clifton Road, Lowestoft, was opened by Andrew McMeekin, president of the Kirkley Business Association, and Roger Bellham, mayor of Lowestoft during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The centre has been commissioned by HealthEast, the clinical commissioning group for Great Yarmouth and Waveney, so patients can benefit from easily accessible healthcare delivered from modern, fit-for-purpose surroundings.

A variety of services provided by East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH), including physiotherapy, are already available at the centre.

The new building is also providing a base for Lowestoft’s successful out of hospital team, which includes health and social care staff from Suffolk County Council, and is helping to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions by delivering care to patients within their own homes.

The London Road South Surgery (now known as Kirkley Mill Surgery) is already operating from a temporary building at the site. Together with Marine Parade Surgery, it will move into the permanent building later this year.

HealthEast chairman John Stammers said: “We are delighted that this wonderful facility for our local community has now officially opened.

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“Bringing together a wide range of services under one roof means that health and social care professionals will be able to work more closely together, in turn helping deliver even better care for our patients.”