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All medical services at Haverhill Health Centre relocated due to roof safety concerns

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Numerous medical services and clinics at Haverhill Health Centre have had to be relocated for some time due to concerns over the safety of its roof.

More than 20 services and administrative teams at the Camps Road building have been moved after a recent survey showed that Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) panels were in the roof.

The survey was undertaken by NHS Property Services’ as part of its programme to identify properties built using the material within its estate across England.

Haverhill Health Centre in Camps Road. Picture: Google Maps
Haverhill Health Centre in Camps Road. Picture: Google Maps

In recent times serious structural concerns have been raised over buildings that have RAAC panels, among them West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

An NHS spokesperson said: "While we work with tenants to plan the replacement of the roof we have erected additional structural support props that will stay in place until the maintenance work is complete.

"These props are an additional safety measure and undergo regular safety inspections, along with the planks.

"While the maintenance work is underway at Haverhill, all tenants have chosen to relocate from the building until the roof replacement is complete.

"Clinical services will therefore not be provided from Haverhill Health Centre during this time, and patients will be contacted shortly by their service providers with details of where their services will be provided until the maintenance works are complete.

"We are continuing to work closely with tenants to ensure that disruption to clinical services is kept to a minimum, allowing Haverhill Health Centre to continue delivering excellent patient care to the community."

The bulk of the services at the centre are provided by West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, and its spokesperson said: “While NHS Property Services undertake significant maintenance works at the Haverhill Health Centre, we have taken the decision to relocate our services to minimise disruption to patients and staff in the longer term.

"The majority of services have been relocated in Haverhill, while some specialist services have temporarily relocated to the West Suffolk Hospital.

"The Trust continues to research potential locations that will enable services to be co-located in the future, to ensure we continue to meet the health and care needs of the Haverhill community.”

The following shows the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust services based at the health centre and their interim locations:

  • Dermatology, rheumatology, epilepsy specialist nurse, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson nurse led clinic - all West Suffolk Hospital Outpatients Department.
  • Maternity outpatients, post and antenatal - Haverhill Leisure Centre.
  • Cancer navigation - remote.
  • Cardiology - heart failure, lymphoedema, pre-school complex needs - part of Paed SLT, paediatric speech and language therapy clinic - Anne of Cleves House.
  • Paediatric physio - child development centre Bury St Edmunds; home visits.
  • Community dietetics - Sudbury clinic for face to face appointments; phone consultation for remote.
  • New born hearing screening - ad hoc clinics

Haverhill Community Health Teams

  • Therapists - Anne of Cleves House(admin): home visits.
  • Admin and team leads - Haverhill House
  • Community nurses - Haverhill House (admin): home visits
  • Leg ulcer/doppler clinics - home visits