Letters: Frances Payne, March 25, 2016

GV of  St James Medical Practice, County Court Road, King's Lynn ANL-160203-174922009
GV of St James Medical Practice, County Court Road, King's Lynn ANL-160203-174922009
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My husband and I have been patients at St James’ medical practice for more than 30 years and we are so very grateful for their excellent care.

I picked up the questionnaire from the surgery but I found it to be misleading. It asks about the importance of car parking availability, access to health care services, having a spacious modern building, an onsite pharmacist, a minor injury unit and if you would remain with your GP if there was a move. The questions are virtually guaranteed to have 100 per cent “yes” answer. Technically the practice would be able to claim that overall the results of the survey were supportive of the move. But this is not the full picture, and it is misleading. I do not believe that the people of South Lynn are in favour of this move as it will practically leave the area without reasonable access to a medical practice. I feel not only for the elderly people of South Lynn but also mothers with young children. Those without transport would have to catch two buses to have an appointment if the surgery was relocated to Kilhams Way. The cost of four bus journeys and travelling all that way when you don’t feel well would only add more stress to their wellbeing. There are hundreds of homes being built on the Nora site and that is the most obvious place where a new practice should be built. Saying it has a problem with flooding is a damning statement as the council passed plans for these new homes. Yes, the people of South Lynn would love a modern, spacious building and minor injury unit – but right here in South Lynn on the Nora site.

Frances Payne

Wisbech Road, South Lynn