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Confusion over £2.3m Wolverton Health Centre

An opening date for a £2.3m health centre has still not been set almost two months after it was due to open.

The Wolverton Health Centre had been expected to take its first patients in November, but NHS England says "legal guidelines and building regulations" still needed to be met.

In the meantime, patients are using the old health centre.

Practice manager Shine Dalvey said conditions in the old centre were "quite poor".

"When it rains we have to find buckets for the leaks," she said.

The new centre was given the go-ahead in October 2012 following 11 years of campaigning in Wolverton.

'Old heating'

Ms Dalvey said patients had been complaining about the state of the current centre.

"The heating is so old we have to supplement it with fan heaters," she said.

Sarah Dockree, from the Wolverton Patient Participation Group, said it was embarrassing not being able to give patients a full explanation.

"It has been very hard to get consistent responses from NHS England and the developers," she said.

"I feel for the practice which has been caught in the middle.

"They are the ones faced with patients asking questions and yet they seem powerless to move it further on."

A spokesman for NHS England said there were "legal guidelines and building regulations that must be met".

"As soon as there is confirmation that the outstanding issues have been resolved, a timeframe for the move can be shared," he added.

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