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New friends group launched for at-risk NHS walk-in centre in Norwich

20:26 06 June 2014


Labour's Norwich South parliamentary candidate Clive Lewis, staff and patients show their support for the petition to save the Timber Hill Health Centre in Castle Mall. Photo by Simon Finlay.

A new friends group has been established for an at-risk NHS walk-in centre in Norwich.

A question mark was raised over the future of Timber Hill Health Centre after plans were submitted for a new restaurant quarter on level four of the Castle Mall and Norwich Practices Ltd rejected an offer to relocate to level two of the shopping centre because of refit costs.

While negotiations continue over the future location of a walk-in centre in Norwich, Clive Lewis, prospective parliamentary candidate for Norwich South, has launched the Friends of Timber Hill group to maintain pressure on the government and NHS England to ensure funding is in place to protect the service beyond 2016.

Mr Lewis said: “Whatever the outcome of NHS England’s deliberations on the immediate fate of Timber Hill, the fact remains that after 2016, the future of a city walk in centre is up in the air. The current coalition government’s piecemeal privatisation and real terms cuts to the NHS means it could soon join the one in four walk-in clinics that have closed.

“Our campaign is to ensure that doesn’t happen and that a service that caters to so many and is highly cost effective, remains where it is - in the city.”

The group can be found at

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  • people are petitioning to keep the walk in centre at the mall but who is the petition going to ? should be the NHS chiefs that are making the decision to reject the malls offer of relocating and its nothing to do with costs as the mall is willing to help with the refit costs !

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    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • ".. I have seen many people there who cannot speak a word of english but expect treatment..." . You mean like British people in Spain who cannot speak a word of Spanish but expect treatment ?

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    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Going to rock the applecart here, but how many people who use this walk in centre have actually paid into the system ie via national insurance etc, instead of Tourist Medicalism as I have decided to call it. I have seen many people there who cannot speak a word of english but expect treatment. Erm no pay into the system first then use our health services, if not sod off back to your own country, cause I am sure they wouldn't treat us if we went over to where you come from !

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    che bramley

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • These drop in centres are useful substitutes to the ever poorer performing GP centres. MY GP centre has an unwillingness to improve. In terms of location, it is a bit silly having this in a shopping centre. Just outside might be sensible.

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    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • I like the Walk-In Centre where it is. It is conveniently near city centre bus stops and car parks. There is also brilliant service to be had - if you can wait to be served at this hugely popular Centre!

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    Lynda Edwards

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • It has to move ! bad decisions by the jobsworths ! enough of protests,get real ! the Castle Mall are planning as a business to improve facilities,and good luck to them ! The NHS have messed up !

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, June 6, 2014

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