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GP practice moves to temporary home
3:20pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
A DOCTOR’S surgery has temporarily relocated after its ceiling collapsed.
Firefighters evacuated patients and staff from the Queensway surgery after a leak from a water heater caused the ceiling to cave in, flooding the consulting rooms and causing extensive damage.
Fire crews cleared the property using a water vacuum, but disruption is expected to continue over the weekend with staff and GPs moved to nearby branches to see patients.
Ian Stidston, director of commissioning for the NHS England Essex Area team, said: “The staff and GPs have temporarily relocated to its two branch surgeries at Sutton Road and at Lydia House, in Leigh, and will be seeing patients there instead.
The phone lines have been diverted to Lydia House, and vulnerable patients are being directed to Sutton Road, which is the nearest surgery.
“We can assure people any patients requesting an emergency appointment will be seen within the same timescale.
“We hope to run tomorrow’s flu clinic from two consulting rooms at the back of the Queensway surgery. We also hope that next week, we will be able to move the GPs and staff back in so they can work from those rooms.”
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