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City drug users' clinic launched
The Bradshaw Clinic
The clinic will be a one-stop centre for addicts needing treatment
A new dedicated clinic for drug users, hailed as the first of its kind in England, has officially opened.

The Bradshaw Clinic on Charnwood Street, Derby, will be a one-stop centre for addicts to get treatment.

It aims to help 1,500 drug users in its first year. The centre cost 250,000 to set up and will cost 650,000 to run in the first 12 months.

One dedicated GP will work there full-time with 10 doctors visiting. The centre opens to patients on 2 October.

'Crime reduction'

"This is the first centre of its kind in the country," said Derby Primary Care Trust Chief Executive Prem Singh.

"We hope this will become a centre of excellence for drug (addiction) treatment".

Mike Murray, of Derby Community Safety Partnership, added: "The current service provision we had in place was fit to bursting. I must admit it was a little embarrassing asking some of the GPs to come in to what was basically broom cupboards to hold surgeries in."

Leader of Derby City Council Chris Williamson hoped the initiative would also lead to a reduction in crime.

"This is a crucial piece of the jigsaw," he said.

"So as we are disrupting the drugs trade, taking action against the drug dealers, hopefully we are able to assist those people who the drug dealers tend to prey on."

The Bradshaw Clinic is a joint initiative led by Derby Community Safety Partnership on behalf of both Derby City Council and the Primary Care Trusts.

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