Children and family services will be moving

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CHILDREN and family services in Portsmouth are to be moved.

Services are currently run at Northern Parade Clinic in Hilsea, but the clinic is set to close next month.

Services will move less than a mile away to Battenburg Avenue Clinic in North End, by the end of May.

The services provided include children’s community outpatient clinics and orthoptic clinics, midwifery clinics, and offices for community paediatricians.

NHS Portsmouth agreed to move the services and sell Northern Parade Clinic to Portsmouth City Council, because the clinic is on the same site as council-owned buildings and is dilapidated and needs a lot of money spent on it.

Now the council owns the entire site, it plans to build extra elderly care homes on it.

Meanwhile improvement work has taken place at the Battenburg Avenue Clinic, to accommodate new services.

Work has included a new roof, new heating system and internal decoration, and offices have been turned into new clinical spaces.

Ted Griggs, director of estates and facilities management at NHS Portsmouth, said: ‘The accommodation at Battenburg Avenue will be clean, bright, welcoming and spacious and it will incorporate a number of child-friendly features.

‘Children, their families and NHS staff will benefit from a significantly improved environment.’