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Support for new GP health centre

Leading clinicians in Cumbria are supporting plans to create a new health centre at Hilltop Heights in Carlisle.

The primary care trust is backing the site as the best location for the new centre, which will be open for longer and provide a wide range of treatments.

The six local surgeries will remain, but have close links with the new health centre.

NHS Cumbria's board will be asked to approve the decision when it meets on 26 March.

Dr Peter Weaving, NHS Cumbria's lead GP for Carlisle, said: "This new health centre will provide patients with the right treatment in the right place at the right time.

"While there has been widespread public support for Carlisle Medical Group's plans to create a new health centre, the question over where it should be located has been a subject of lively debate."

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