Could college be a ‘super-surgery’?

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The Hucknall College building on Portland Road would make an ideal place for a doctors’ ‘super-surgery’, it has been claimed.

The suggestion was made at a meeting of Hucknall First Community Forum, held in the conference room of the town’s Tesco Extra superstore.

The college, which was part of the New College Nottingham network, has closed because of what has been described as ‘government funding cuts’ and a ‘sharp decline in student numbers’.

But it is thought that the large size of the campus and its closeness to the town centre would make it an excellent venue for a new surgery, accommodating the town’s four GP practices under one roof.

A petition to gauge public support for the ‘super-surgery’ at a suitable location has already met with an enthusiastic response.

Coun John Wilmott, of the forum, who is a member of Notts County Council, said the facility could also cater for social services as well as children’s and young people’s services.

At a meeting of Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group, chief officer Sam Walters said: “We are looking at the idea but it is still in its very early stages and it would be a big investment.”

Another CCG member pointed out that some people may prefer services to be located nearer to their homes.

The Dispatch revealed the college was shutting its doors earlier this month with government funding cuts and a “sharp decline in student numbers” blamed.