Norfolk

GP surgery moves out of Terrington St John GP scout hut

Doctors working out of a scout hut because of a row over a surgery building have gained new premises.

First Health took over a practice from three partners in Terrington St John, near King's Lynn, on 1 November.

An agreement could not be reached to sell the practice, the NHS said, so the surgery was run from a hut and other premises in Terrington St Clement.

Units used as a walk-in centre in London have been brought to the village and set up next to the scout hut.

'Fit for purpose'

In a statement NHS health chiefs said they wanted to stress the new premises are only an "interim solution until a permanent solution is in place".

Dr Luke Twelves, medical director of First Health Ltd, said: "We wish to thank our patients and the communities of Terrington St John and all the surrounding villages for their support over the last six weeks, in particular, the assistance given by the Scout Group and local councillors.

"I also wish to pay tribute to our staff for putting up with less than ideal conditions and working so hard to make our patients as comfortable as possible during this transition.

"The new surgery is fit for purpose, it has been deep cleaned and it is warm and much more appropriate for GP and nursing consultations."

The new unit has a reception, waiting area and seven clinical rooms.

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