‘Olympic theme’ for new centre

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MORPETH’S new ‘super NHS centre’ could be given an Olympic theme.

NHS chiefs are considering a name for the new facility, which is currently under construction on the site of the former Mount residential home.

The suggested name was initially Morpeth NHS Centre, St George’s Park, but local councillors fear it may cause confusion as there is already a St George’s Park hospital in the area.

Members of the town’s Planning and Transport Committee heard from Coun Nic Best that the site is called Mount Hagg and is known as the Easter Field so either of those names could be considered, while that part of Morpeth is known as Olympia, which would be an appropriate name given that the development is taking shape in the year of the London 2012 Games.

The suggestions will be submitted to officials. Committee Chairman Graeme Trotter said: “The St George’s area is earmarked for potential development so that name might be used in later schemes. Here we are in the 2012 Olympic year, the site is known as Olympia and we have the heritage of the Morpeth Olympics. What could be more appropriate?”

The new £18million centre will include GP services, diagnostic testing facilities, physiotherapy and outpatient services.