Temporary home for drop-in health centre

Posted on August 10, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories, Providers | Tags: , |

Scarborough Evening News | 10 August 2009

SCARBOROUGH’S new Darzi centre is set to open in a temporary location after asbestos delayed work on the York Place site.

The walk-in clinic was due to open at the former Scarborough Building Society premises on October 1, but it will now operate from the Rainbow Centre in Castle Road until the York Place premises are ready.

A limited service will be available at the Castle Clinic, which is part of the Rainbow Centre, until York Place Health Centre opens in the spring.

The clinic’s homeless service will continue to operate as usual and people will also be able to see a GP on a walk-in basis, or register with the centre if they wish.

The change of plan was confirmed by David Cockayne, director with responsibility for commissioning new services at NHS North Yorkshire and York.

He said: “For health and safety reasons we have decided to provide the new GP-led health centre from a temporary location following the discovery of asbestos at the proposed location of York Place. This is to enable us to open it in October this year as planned.

“This interim service will operate until the work at York Place is fully completed including the safe removal of the asbestos.””

The centre, which sparked controversy among GPs and members of the public, will be run by Echo Ltd, a consortium of GPs and other staff from surgeries in Scarborough including nurses, receptionists and cleaning staff.

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