Dan Poulter and Waveney MP Peter Aldous tour Kirkley Mill health campus
PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 February 2015
Pioneering work at the £6m state-of-the-art Kirkley Mill Health Centre has been showcased to two MPs during a special visit.
With a new era for healthcare in Lowestoft unveiled at the opening of the Kirkley Mill campus last year, integrated services have been brought together all under one roof.
And two Thursday’s ago the Health Minister, Dan Poulter, and Waveney MP Peter Aldous were given a
tour of the facility in Economy Road, which brings GP services, community services and some
hospital clinics all together on one site for patients in Lowestoft.
With Dr Poulter – the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich – scheduled to
visit Kirkley Mill Health Centre and Norwich last November, the trip was cancelled following a car accident.
But last week Dr Poulter and Mr Aldous visited
the Lowestoft Out of Hospital team and toured the health campus alongside
Andy Evans, the chief executive of HealthEast, Dr John Stammers, chairman of NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group and officials from the East
Coast Community Healthcare team.
With patients receiving a seamless service between health and social care, both MPs were impressed at
the innovative new ways of working being shown and
the great results being achieved.
Mr Aldous said: “I think it was a very helpful and productive meeting. I have been wanting to get Dan Poulter to Lowestoft, what with his constituency bordering my own, but also to see what is in many respects the pioneering work that is being done with regards to health and social care.
“He was very, very impressed with what he
saw at Kirkley Mill,” he added.
“I think what has been
done in Lowestoft is actually a great example of what can be done and this can be
taken to other parts of the country.”
Dr John Stammers, chairman of HealthEast, said: “We were delighted that Dr Poulter was able to visit our new services at Kirkley Mill and showed a real understanding and enthusiasm for what the team has achieved so far.
“This is a real asset to the patients in Lowestoft and will help us provide a first class NHS for the population into the future.
“It was especially pleasing to get such strong support from a Health Minister for the team.”
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