Will they be routing a bus service down to the new centre? It will be difficult to reach otherwise. It does not make sense to put an health centre which will be used by the majority at the edge of town.
Are there any plans to build more houses down that way in future, so that the health centre is in the centre of Wivenhoe?
Gazette article from our chief reporter (I'm clearing my desk as have two days off tomorrow/Friday).
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Well, while everybody is chipping in with their reasons why it's a bad idea for them....
I'm delighted. It means I can feasibly see the doctor and be on the train to work within 10 minutes. Likewise it will be very useful for anyone wanting a post work appointment.
Perhaps there should be parking for the disabled and elderly only. Most of us are told to get more exercise when we're at the doctors anyway.
Can anyone explain the processes involved in establishing a new health centre/gp practice following the recent health 'reforms'? Which bodies are involved? Is any patient/community consultation supposed to take place? Who has the final say? Is it now a wholly commercial decision by the independent contractors i.e. the gps?
Like Mike, this location would put the health centre within walking distance for me, which is a huge improvement on both its current, and originally proposed locations. However, surely those involved in the arrangements for its quayside location will have factored in access and parking factors? Perhaps they'll build the new access road across the marsh (which should have been there in the first place for the Cooks development) to ensure easy access for buses etc..?
Sorry, have to go: forgot to take my medication this morning...
Having two locations in Wivenhoe might not be cost effective. Most new-build health centres incorporate space for additional activities such as minor surgical procedures, more nurse-led consultations and facilities for other health professionals like physiotherapists. Keeping these things away from major hospitals and in the community makes sense. It is hard to see how the Cooks location could incorporate these additional facilities.
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