Health group to discuss proposals for new 'super surgery'
Proposals for a "super surgery" housing three GP practices are
on the agenda
for the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group when they meet on Tuesday.
The new facility, which would be built on the site of the former Tooks Bakery factory on Old Norwich Road in north west Ipswich, would accommodate the surgeries currently at Norwich Road, Deben Road, and Chesterfield Drive.
The proposal is for the centre to be built by Ipswich Borough Council, who would then lease it to the NHS.
The council also has plans for 60 affordable homes on the site.
Leader of the council, David Ellesmere, says: "We need to ensure that as we build new houses in Ipswich, we do put in the community facility.
"We're really hopeful this new doctors' facility will provide that additional capacity within the NHS for the new development in north Ipswich."
Revolution in skin cancer care
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The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) is the first outside London to benefit from a new microscope which can detect skin cancer without the need for a biopsy.
The Confocal Microscope uses low-power laser beams that shine through the skin, reflecting off tissues beneath the surface, which illuminate the skin cells in question.
This allows the doctor to determine if a patient has cancer without the need to obtain a skin sample under local anaesthetic, followed by laboratory analysis.
The machine will be used for research purposes in the first few months. Once staff have been trained, it will then be used in dermatology clinics.
The hospital is a skin cancer centre and screens over 6,000 people a year.
NNUH consultant dermatologist Dr Jennifer Garioch says the equipment will have huge benefits for patients, providing on-the-spot diagnosis and reducing the number of biopsies needed.
Closure of Corby Urgent Care Centre 'not an option', say councils
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Corby Borough Council says the closure of Corby Urgent Care Centre "is not an option and we are
talking to both parties to see if they can come together to resolve the issue".
John McGhee, the councillor responsible for health, said that if Lakeside Plus, which currently runs the centre, can't reach an agreement with the clinical commissioning group then there should be a "seamless transition" to another provider.
Lakeside Plus has said that the centre will close in eight days' time, while the CCG denies this will happen.
Mr McGhee said that should the centre close it would put a "real strain on Kettering
Directors at Corby Urgent Care Centre say IT WILL close at the end of the month
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The situation surrounding the fate of the Corby Urgent Care Centre has again become rather unclear.
Yesterday, Lakeside Plus, which currently runs the centre, said it would close the facility at the end of the month, but health bosses in Corby say it's staying open.
However, a new statement sent to us from Lakeside Plus says it is "dismayed by the total lack of negotiations as
the countdown clock for closure reaches eight days to go".
Lakeside Plus says it is not pulling out of the contract to run the centre early, and indeed has provided extracts of the contract for us to see. This states its agreement with the local clinical commissioning group runs out on 31 March.
It also says that the CCG has not put forward a new provider for the centre, nor does the CCG own the building or many pieces of equipment in the centre.
It ends by saying it does "not want to close" and thanks people who came to protest this morning.