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Norwich's walk-in health centre needs more space

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Timber Hill NHS Centre, open 365 days a year, needs more space

A £2m NHS walk-in treatment centre in Norfolk has run out of treatment space only nine months after it opened.

Timber Hill Centre opened last July in a Norwich shopping mall and now deals with more than 7,000 patients a month.

Dr Tesh Patel, from centre managers Norwich Practices, said: "People have found the centre offers a quality service at a convenient location."

The centre has 10 consulting rooms but more are needed to allow for further expansion and planned extra services.

More than 300 patients are seen on busy days by a staff of nine nurses, three GPs and a physiotherapist.

The centre is one of two in Norfolk to offer X-ray services away from a hospital and has its own minor surgery unit.

The GPs also offer minor surgery, sexual health advice, blood testing and minor injuries treatment.

Additional services include childhood immunisations, help to give up smoking and physiotherapy.

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