Leeds clinics consulation

CONCERNS: Service Users, from left, Ron Sudderdine, Valerie Sudderdine and Rhona Payne with Coun Mark Dobson (right).
CONCERNS: Service Users, from left, Ron Sudderdine, Valerie Sudderdine and Rhona Payne with Coun Mark Dobson (right).
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People are to be asked to help decide where services from three Leeds clinics should move to.

As reported previously in the Yorkshire Evening Post, the three buildings housing Garforth clinic, Otley clinic and Leafield clinic in Moortown do not meet modern standards.

Services provided at the facilities include podiatry, physiotherapy, Warfarin clinics, and children’s healthcare.

However, NHS Leeds, which plans and funds healthcare in the city, says the buildings are no longer up to scratch.

Last year they surveyed patients and the public to ask where the services provided could be moved to.

Now those views are being collated to draw up a list of options to be considered during a three-month consultation.

A spokeswoman for NHS Leeds said: “We are currently looking at the feasibility of the suggestions people have provided. Once we have a list of possible locations we will consult with patients and local people to seek their views.

With the exception of Garforth, the consultation on the relocation of services will begin in the new year.”

There had previously been concerns over Garforth Clinic as councillors and residents said a questionnaire appeared geared around services moving out of the village – though health bosses stressed that no decision had been made.

Now managers have said they need more time to consider options in Garforth and the clinic will continue providing services in the meantime.

The NHS Leeds spokeswoman added: “We are committed to ensuring that local people continue to be involved and we will hold a similar consultation once we have finalised the potential options available for this area.”

Coun Mark Dobson (Lab, Garforth and Swillington) welcomed the decision, saying: “It has always been clear from the service users I have spoken to that the healthcare services currently delivered from Garforth Clinic are indispensable to them and to move them away from Garforth would be a disaster.”

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