Health centre support

DEVELOPERS behind plans for a new £2m health centre planned for three villages say the proposals have been met with enthusiasm.

A public consultation event was held last week for people to give their views on plans for a new medical centre in Wheatley Hill, which has been 15 years in the making.

As reported earlier this month, Councillor Morris Nicholls, who represents Thornley on Durham County Council, welcomed the plans, which he said were “something I have been fighting for for some time”.

Chloe Taylor, project manager for Jones Lang la Salle, on behalf of the GPs who will oversee the scheme, said: “The proposed plans for the new Wheatley Hill surgery were welcomed with enthusiasm when presented to local councillors, residents and patients.

“The proposed plans remain on display in the current surgery until tomorrow to allow those who were unable to attend to view them and anyone who wants to have a second look to do so.

“Any comments are welcome and forms are available in the surgery to be completed.

“The evening was well attended and as tends to be the case with all new developments, some people had concerns and queries which were addressed and will be taken into consideration when preparing the planning application.”

The new 950 sq-ft two-storey development, with associated car park, is intended to cover the village as well as Thornley and Kelloe and will include specialist clinics for minor surgery, leg ulcers and diabetes.

It will be led by five GPs, from the existing Wheatley Hill, Thornley and Kelloe surgeries, and there will also be treatment rooms, a retail unit, a base for NHS County Durham and Darlington, consultation areas and office accommodation.