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Kirkley Care Clinic changes

21 August 2018

 

As of 31 August 2018 patients that had previously attended the Kirkley Care Clinic in Lowestoft for hospital appointments are being relocated to the main James Paget University Hospital.

This is to allow the Trust to centralise our Dietetics, Rheumatology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease services at our main site.

Patients have been informed via letter if their appointment is affected and will be asked to attend at the James Paget instead. The letter explains the changes, where and when to attend, and gives contact information for their speciality team.

Moving clinic appointments to the hospital means we may be able to provide access to any other services required, such as blood testing, on the same day, and may have other experts on hand if further information or advice is required.

The clinical genetics service, provided by Addenbrookes Hospital at the Kirkley Care Clinic, will also move to the James Paget site.

The hospital will continue to be the main base for providing community services – meaning those who receive visits from hospital staff at their homes in Lowestoft will continue to have these as before.

It is estimated that the changes will affect fewer than 150 patients a month.

Jo-Anne Brown, Divisional Operational Manager for the Division of Medicine, Diagnostics and Clinical Support Services said;

“Providing clinics and services from the James Paget hospital allows us to offer patients the opportunity to access further services if required, rather than making repeated trips.

“In the current climate we have to ensure we provide the best possible service for patients at the best value for the NHS and we have written to patients who will be affected by this change to advise them and to let them know how to get in touch with the team if they need any assistance.”

All services at the clinic will have been transferred to the James Paget by 31 August.

Staff at the Kirkley Care Clinic have been offered new roles at the hospital.