A GP surgery that was abandoned after flooding will be given a clean bill of health as two new services move in.
The former Gas House Lane Surgery was damaged in the Morpeth flood of 2008, forcing GPs to quit the premises for Morpeth Cottage Hospital ahead of a permanent move to the NHS centre at The Mount.
However, next month the premises are set to re-open as two new health services move in.
St Oswald’s Hospice will run an outreach clinic, while Northumberland Sexual Health Service will move its headquarters to the base from Blyth.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has refurbished the building, which will be called Morpeth Clinic, to house the sexual health service administration team and appointment, results and advice line. It will also serve as a training venue for GP and community nursing staff.
Clinical sessions will provide contraception, testing and treatment for sexually-transmitted infections, and there will also be information on pregnancy options and counselling.
Services are free, confidential and open to people of all ages and sexualities.
Consultant Dr Oluseyi Hotonu said: “We are delighted to bring the building back into use and improve access to a wider range of sexual health services under one roof for Northumberland residents in this new modern facility.
“The move to the Morpeth premises is a direct result of patients’ feedback and better transport links to this countywide service.
“We continue to provide sexual health services in Blyth and throughout Northumberland.”
A drop-in session will be held at the clinic from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, February 26, for residents to meet staff, view facilities and find out about services ahead of its opening the next day.
St Oswald’s Hospice will use the centre to enable patients with lymphoedema to access treatment closer to home.
The condition is the severe swelling of the limbs, mainly caused by cancers and their treatment. St Oswald’s Lymphoedema Service is recognised as a centre for excellence and the largest specialist provider in the region.
The outreach clinic will provide access to treatment for palliative and non-palliative patients, with uncomplicated or controlled lymphoedema.
St Oswald’s Day Services Manager and Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist Kath Clark said: ““We treat over 1,500 patients each year, whatever the cause of their Lymphoedema. It is a chronic, progressive and life-long condition. However, it can be controlled and managed effectively.
“The new outreach clinics will offer a convenient location for patients to access care, information and education about their lymphoedema.”
For more information visit www.stoswaldsuk.org or call 0191 246 9050. For details about Northumberland Sexual Health Service visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/sexualhealth