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25 November 2016

The last two out-patient services based at the old Lowestoft Hospital site will be moving on Monday 5 December after a burst water main means that the site is no longer suitable.

From 5 December 2016, the phlebotomy service (blood tests), which was based in one of the old hospital buildings, will be offered from three sites, one in Kirkley Care Centre in the south of the town and two in north Lowestoft.

Although the further deterioration of the site has meant that the service needs to be moved sooner than anticipated it does mean that the new service provided will be both North and South of the town which is in line with what the public said they wanted during the Lowestoft Hospital consultation in 2013.

The new service will be a booked appointment service but during the first few weeks if patients do turn up without an appointment the staff will do their best to see them and support them to book future appointments. Other community phlebotomy services run in Waveney by the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Trust (JPUH) are not affected.

The community dental service, which was provided from a mobile dental surgery parked on the site off Tennyson Road, will temporarily be running from the Newberry Clinic in Gorleston and the James Paget University Hospital, until an alternative site can be found.

Acting Chief Operating Officer for JPUH Graham Wilde said: “We appreciate that the services are being moved at short notice but the condition of the buildings at the old hospital site has given us no option.

“However, patients can be reassured that they will be seen, albeit at different sites, and there will be no disruption to either service.”

The closure of Lowestoft Hospital followed the outcome of the public consultation. Six months ago a series of out-patient services, including dermatology, antenatal and community paediatrics were moved to new accommodation in Kirkley.

The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which owns Lowestoft Hospital, is considering options for the future of the site as part of its overall estates strategy.

In the meantime, work is underway to close off all access to the site, including the erection of fencing.

All staff affected by the moves have been informed.

Community Dental Patients

This is a referral-only service. Patients with an imminent appointment have been informed by letter of the new temporary arrangements – and have had their appointment switched to either the James Paget or the Newberry Clinic.

Phlebotomy Patients

From 5 December, the service will move from Lowestoft Hospital to the following locations:

  • Kirkley Care Clinic, Clifton Road. Service available Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm.
  • Alexandra Road Surgery, Alexandra Road, Lowestoft. Monday and Wednesday, 8.30am to 2.30pm.
  • Crestview Surgery, Crestview Drive, Lowestoft. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8.30am-2.30pm.

Please note that the service will be by booked appointment only. There is no drop-in facility.

To book an appointment, please ring 01502 273150/273151.