Flood-damaged Market Weighton GP surgery opens

Man swimming in floodwater Image copyright David Lyall
Image caption One man attempted to swim in the flood water in Market Weighton in July

A £3.5m health centre in East Yorkshire, which was damaged by summer flash floods a week before its opening, has admitted its first patients.

A "huge downpour" on 20 July flooded Market Weighton Group Practice on Medforth Street and many other properties in the town.

Practice partner Dr Clive Henderson said interior repairs and building inspections caused the 10-week delay.

The new surgery has 9,000 patients and 10 GPs.

Dr Henderson said it had a capacity for 11,000 patients to accommodate the town's increasing population and would provide a dermatology service, wound clinic and gynaecology service for Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

In July, the fire service was called out to more than 30 incidents in two hours during the flash flooding in the town.

A £3m flood defence scheme was completed in Market Weighton in February, but the Environment Agency said July's flash flooding was surface water and unrelated to the defences at Mill Beck.

The old surgery on Londesborough Road is to be sold.

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