Work starts for the widely known walk-in centre in Norway which is moving into its new premise soon. Timber Hill Health Centre’s future was not certain when it was announced last year that its current location is acquired by the owners of Castle Mall for their plan of building a restaurant quarter.
Norwich City Council and the members of its planning committee have announced November of last year that the centre is going to be transferred in a location near the Rouen House which is in Rouen Road. The same centre is the go-to place of citizens who need medical attention without having to set an appointment first.
Offices in the new location are now being worked so it could be converted into the new walk-in centre and the bosses of the projects are aiming to finish soon so the transfer could be done in early summer.
Norwich Practices Ltd manages the operation of the centre and its business manager, Steve Bloomfield, shared that the workers are now currently working on the project. Though the work was delayed because of unexpected events, it is now currently happening. He also revealed that moving date is set for early summer.
It is anticipated that the move will happen over the weekend and it is expected that Norwich could go on without the centre at its disposal while the transfer is underway.
Before the new location was finalized, managers of the mall made a suggestion that level two empty shops should be utilized by the walk-in centre and the GP surgery. Norwich Practices Ltd did not accept the offer since it is not practical and decided to go and transfer to the Rouen House instead.
The lower ground floor will be the location of the walk-in centre once in the Rouen House while the ground floor will house the doctors’ surgery.
The Rouen House will be the third location of the walk-in centre. It may be remembered that its first dwelling was near Sainsbury’s in Pound Lane but closed around 2009 and the current location is the Castle Mall.
Around 78,000 patients are being treated in the walk-in centre every year.