Patients and the public are invited to have their say on the proposed move of the DMC GP Practice and Walk-in Centre at a public meeting on Tuesday, 5 February from 6.00pm to 8.30pm at the Balmoral Masonic Hall, Balmoral Road, Gillingham.

NHS Kent and Medway is proposing to move the DMC GP Practice and Walk-in Centre at Canterbury Street, Gillingham, to Balmoral Gardens Community Healthy Living Centre, Gillingham.

Balmoral Gardens, which opened in 2011, is an award-winning, purpose-built centre, which offers a much more spacious, modern and comfortable setting for patient care.

The portable building where the GP practice is currently located in Canterbury Street, Gillingham was only ever intended to be temporary and its planning permission lapses this October.

James Thallon, Medical Director of NHS Kent and Medway said: “The current accommodation, although adequate, does not provide the location and setting that patients deserve.

“Balmoral Gardens has an on-site pharmacy where patients will be able to pick up their prescriptions, a community café, and good public transport. It also gives the flexibility to offer more walk-in attendances, if needed.

“NHS Kent and Medway is committed to providing patients with first-class treatment and services in Medway. We believe this proposed move is absolutely in the best interests of patients.”

NHS Kent and Medway has been consulting with patients, the public and interested stakeholders since 30 November 2012, on the most appropriate way to move the walk-in services provided by DMC Healthcare to Balmoral Gardens.

At the public meeting there will be a presentation about the move by NHS Kent and Medway, DMC GP Practice and Walk-in Centre and Medway Community Estates with the chance to ask questions.

Patients can also let NHS Kent and Medway know their views and find out more about the proposal by:

• Giving feedback on display boards at Canterbury Street, Balmoral Gardens or Gillingham Library.
• Filling out the online survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/dmcrelocationtobalmoral
• Downloading the consultation document at: www.medwaypct.nhs.uk/public-consultations/
• If you are a local organisation holding an event up until 28 February, 2013 and you would like us to come and talk to you about the proposal, please contact the citizen engagement team on 01634 335173

Consultation ends on 28 February 2013.