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Dates set for Morpeth’s new £18m health centre to open

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Dates set for Morpeth’s new £18m health centre to open

Morpeth’s new £18m health centre is set to open its doors to the public later this month.

The Morpeth NHS Centre will bring two of the town’s GP practices, as well as outpatient, x-ray and other specialist services currently delivered at Morpeth Cottage Hospital by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, under one roof.

Greystoke and Gas House Lane GP practices will welcome patients at the new centre from Monday, April 22 with outpatient, x-ray and other specialist services starting from Tuesday, May 7.

The centre is built on the site of a former care home, The Mount, at Haggs Field in the town.

People based at the GP practices and those with appointments for Northumbria Healthcare’s services are being advised of the change of location. There will be no outpatient services delivered at Morpeth Cottage Hospital after Tuesday, May 7 however the Whalton Unit, a specialist inpatient elderly care facility provided by Northumberland Healthcare on the cottage hospital site, will continue as normal.

Morpeth’s new state-of-the-art centre will mean access to modern healthcare facilities for around 14,000 patients registered at both GP practices. It also offers the opportunity for integrated working for the staff and patients of Morpeth’s third GP practice, Wellway, as well as closer working with hospital and community colleagues to provide more care closer to people’s homes.

Northumbria Healthcare’s outpatient, podiatry, physiotherapy, x-ray, speech and language therapy and community nursing, midwifery, dental and child health services will transfer from the cottage hospital to the new centre.

Dr Alistair Blair, chief clinical and accountable officer of NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, said:  “It’s great news that the centre is about to open and it will provide state-of-the-art healthcare services, building upon our commitment to deliver care closer to home. This centre will also provide excellent healthcare to people living in Morpeth, over the next 25 years.”

Dr Richard Curless, executive director of medicine and emergency care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that the new Morpeth NHS Centre is now almost complete and we look forward to delivering our wide range of outpatient and community services from the new building from early next month.

“Patients will benefit greatly from the improved facilities and environment the centre provides and it also gives us the opportunity to build on the wide range of services we already offer, enabling more care to be delivered closer to people’s homes.

“We would like to remind people that there will be no appointments held at Morpeth Cottage Hospital after May 7 – all these will be held at the new centre. If you have any questions please ring the number on your appointment letter.”

The new centre completes the improvements agreed by the public consultation in 2007. As part of this, inpatient stroke rehabilitation services were transferred from Morpeth Cottage Hospital to Wansbeck General Hospital and inpatient elderly care is provided at the Whalton Unit on the Morpeth Cottage Hospital site. The unit, based in Foxton Court, the Helen McArdle Care Home, is unaffected by the new Morpeth centre. It has 30 beds which provide rehabilitation for the elderly and palliative care.