Surgery name prompts concerns

An artist's impression of the �6.5m South Kirkby Medical Centre
An artist's impression of the �6.5m South Kirkby Medical Centre

THE NAME of the new super surgery in South Kirkby has prompted concerns that it may cause confusion for the emergency services.

Residents decided on Church View Health Centre for the £6.5m surgery, that will provide services for more than 12,000 people when it is opened in 2013.

But Coun Laurie Harrison. leader of South Kikrby and Moorthorpe Town Council, is worried that emergency services and residents may confuse the address of the health centre with a street of the same name which is also in South Kirkby.

He said: “It is a lovely name but I just hope it doesn’t cause confusion for the emergency services as there is a Church View in the Wimpey Estate in South Kirkby.

“That is something I am going to have to discuss with the emergency services to ensure it will not cause any confusion. The name needs to be practical.”

A spokeswoman for NHS Wakefield District said that ambulances would be equipped to find the address. The new surgery is located opposite the ambulance base and they feel there will be no issue in finding the new surgery.

The name was chosen after four suggestions were put to the public.

Elmkirk Health Centre came in second, with Invicta Community Health Centre and Melton Field Health Centre the other options for the building on Langthwaite Industrial Estate.

Little Lane and Stockingate surgeries will be housed at the site, where work began last month.

Dr Diggle, of Little Lane Surgery said: “We are thrilled to now have a name for the health centre which will be the new home of Little Lane Surgery and would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote.”

Dr Chandy, of Stockingate Surgery added: “We are pleased that local people have had the chance to vote for their favourite name and are all very much looking forward to moving into the new Church View Health Centre once it is complete.”