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Wednesday, 4 October, 2000, 00:57 GMT 01:57 UK
Shipman surgery open with new GPs
shipman surgery
Patients must stay at Dr Shipman's old surgery
Two GPs taking over the practice of killer doctor Harold Shipman are seeing patients again at the surgery where several of his victims died.

Though West Pennine Health Authority agreed early this year that the surgery would move from its location in Market Street in Hyde, two new GPs are continuing to see patients there.

It is believed that at least five of Shipman's victims died in the surgery and the local community health council had argued the building would hold too many memories for patients and relatives of those he murdered.

But it has proved difficult to find alternative premises and so the two GPs have been forced to take over Shipman's rooms as well as his patient list.

Shipman is currently serving life imprisonment for the murder of 15 of his patients.

On their first day at the Market Street surgery Dr Amy Cumming and Dr Amir Hannan faced chaos as Shipman's children had stripped the premises of all its equipment over the weekend.

Dr Cumming told Doctor magazine that practically everything, including computers, phones, desks and chairs had been taken and equipment had to be borrowed from other local surgeries.

Unhappy

Dr Cumming also acknowledged that there may be a number of patients who may be unhappy about returning to the building where Shipman practised.

West Pennine Health Authority has confirmed that it will continue to assist any of the 3,000 patients to transfer to other surgeries and that a new surgery will be built within the next year.

Dr Cumming added: "It is going to be a good practice, a smoothly-run practice and we are going to regain the trust and confidence of the patients, as far as anyone can."

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