Dentist rejects move into £11m hospital
Last updated at 14:37, Friday, 25 April 2014
A Cockermouth dental practice has pulled out of moving to the town’s new £11 million community hospital.
Goodwin and Associates, of Kirkgate, had been in talks with the NHS over the move to the Isel Road hospital.
However, the practice has opted to stay at its current premises, where it has been based for nearly 20 years.
It is not known why the practice, owned by dentist Deborah Goodwin, has declined to move.
Community Health Partnerships, which holds the head tenancy for the hospital, said it was now looking at other options for filling the hospital space.
In a letter to its patients, the dental practice said: “We are writing to let you know that after much deliberation, we can confirm the practice will remain at its current premises for the foreseeable future.
“The Kirkgate address is well-established and has been at this address for almost 20 years. Some staff have worked here all that time and many patients have been with us since their very first check-up.
“To us this is not just a business, but home, so we’re glad a decision has been reached.”
The practice will now work to modernise its existing building and install new equipment, including new dental chairs, computers and phone system.
There are also plans to build a fifth surgery room with the one-off costs that would have come with the move to the hospital.
Dr Goodwin was unavailable for comment.
A joint statement from Community Health Partnership and NHS England, said: “Community Health Partnerships Ltd and NHS England have been working with the dentist to facilitate a move of the dental practice into the new premises.
“Unfortunately, after much deliberation the dentist feels unable to proceed, advising that many factors have led her to this decision.
“While we are disappointed not to have Dr Goodwin move into the new premises we understand and respect the reasons for her decision and are currently looking at other options with regard to the use of the allocated space.
“Dr Goodwin will continue to provide NHS dental services within Cockermouth, thereby maintaining access for patients.
“In addition, NHS England are currently assessing access to NHS dentistry across the whole of Cumbria to inform future commissioning arrangements, focusing on areas of highest need/demand.”
The new Cockermouth hospital opened in January to replace the old cottage hospital which was more than 100 years old.
First published at 13:06, Friday, 25 April 2014
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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