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Suffolk and Essex NHS given £3.8m for Clacton and Newmarket surgery plans plus diabetes care

PUBLISHED: 12:03 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:05 21 July 2017

NHS funding for GP surgeries and diabetes services in Suffolk and north east Essex. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

NHS funding for GP surgeries and diabetes services in Suffolk and north east Essex. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A £3.8million funding boost has been given to the NHS in Essex and Suffolk for three major projects.

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) for Suffolk and north east Essex has been given the cash after a successful application to the government.

£1.3m will be spent on the planned health and wellbeing hub in Newmarket, while £1.5m will create a ‘super-surgery’ primary care hub in Clacton.

A further £955,313 has been allocated for education and training on diabetes’ awareness and treatment across the STP.

The Newmarket plans will see GP and community health services delivered from the town’s community hospital site.

In Clacton, the Epping Close Surgery and Frinton Road Medical Centre GP practices will both relocate to Kennedy House, an existing NHS centre in the town, allowing them to benefit from new facilities. Community services run by Anglian Community Enterprise will also remain at the site.

Nick Hulme, STP leader, said: “This is a great example of how working together in a different way is already bringing benefits to patients and local services.

“I am excited and committed to making this partnership highly successful in facing the challenges and delivering the best outcomes for the communities we serve.”

Dr Ed Garratt, chief officer for Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), said: “Being allocated these additional financial resources will support the implementation of our plans.

“One of the biggest challenges facing the local health service is ensuring primary care services can meet the ever-increasing demand from an expanding population. By being able to integrate our community services we will help meet these challenges and provide an improved environment for patients.”

Sam Hepplewhite, chief officer for North East Essex CCG, added: “The number of people living with diabetes continues to increase. We know the public support increasing awareness of the condition.

“By promoting healthier lifestyles we can reduce the number of people affected over time. This will include working with mental health providers to provide a better service for their patients’ needs.”

Speaking about the Clacton surgery plans she added: “We are focusing on enhancing primary care services and ensuring these are provided from fit for purpose buildings. The area has a unique set of challenges including increased numbers of people living with long term conditions, the prediction of a significant population increase over the next 10 years and high rates of emergency admissions to hospital.

“There is also a workforce shortage issue to contend with too with a high number of local GPs due to retire imminently.”

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