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Rainham health centre to close

PUBLISHED: 16:03 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:11 18 February 2015

Orchard Village,Rainham, five

Orchard Village,Rainham, five

Archant

The Orchard Village health centre is facing closure as part of the regeneration of the area, formerly known as the Mardyke Estate.

The Rainham based walk-in centre – which is the only clinic available in the area that is easily accessible to residents of the estate – is in the process of closing.

Patients have already been advised that they must be re-directed to the Harold Wood centre which is more than an hour away from its current location.

Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas said: “I am seeking assurances from NHS England that proper provision is set up to accommodate the residents that use the facility regularly.

“Asking sick residents to travel on two buses and then walk a considerable distance to the Harold Wood health centre is unacceptable, and I will be doing all I can to ensure that an alternative is available.

“I will also be in talks with NHS England to ensure that a new walk-in centre is incorporated into the regeneration plans at Orchard Village, and I will be continuing my campaign for better health services in Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park.”

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