Games name for centre rejected

SUGGESTIONS of an Olympic-themed name for Morpeth’s new NHS centre have been rejected.

The £18million facility is currently under construction on the site of former residential home The Mount to provide GP services, diagnostic testing facilities, physiotherapy and outpatient services.

Health officials initially proposed naming the clinic Morpeth NHS Centre, St George’s Park, but Morpeth Town Council’s Planning and Transport Committee said it would cause confusion as there is already a St George’s Park hospital in the area.

Instead, the committee had proposed calling the facility Olympia Clinic due to its siting in a part of the town known as Olympia and the fact that it is being constructed during the year of the London 2012 Games.

Other names put forward included Mount Hagg Clinic and Easter Field Clinic, also relating to the locality.

However, none has been accepted.

Members have been advised by Northumberland County Council that it is now proposed to name the facility Morpeth Health Centre: the Mount.

No objections were raised by the councillors.

The centre is expected to open to patients next year and will house both Greystoke and Gas House Lane GP practices, as well as offer scope for integrated working with Wellway Surgery.

Other services will include x-ray and ultrasound scan provision.