A Scarborough health centre has celebrated its third anniversary - with patients set to form a new support group.
The Castle Health Centre first opened its doors underneath the Rainbow Centre in Auborough Street on October 1, 2009, then moved to York Place in July 2010.
The centre was conceived as part of a national programme of walk-in centres, called Darzi centres at the time, which attracted a lot of attention both locally and on a national level.
Three years on the centre is going from strength to strength, with one particular patient hoping to set up a “Friends” group to help support it in years to come.
John Palethorpe, who campaigned against the centre when it was announced, has now had a huge change of heart after using the centre himself.
He said: “I was totally against it at first, but when it was explained that it would be run by local GPs, I began to change my mind.
“I now feel like this is the most important health centre we’ve ever had in Scarborough, for both residents and visitors.
“The service is really good and it provides so much for so many people.”
His plan for a support group has been prompted by the fact the centre’s contract is due to end after five years and he is hoping that patient pressure could be an important factor in getting it renewed.
Practice manager Sylvia Roche and Dr David Ames say they were delighted with Mr Palethorpe’s feedback and idea for a patient group.
Ms Roche added that the centre has 1,900 registered patients and has seen over 25,000 people in the last 12 months.
It has improved access to services linked to sexual health, homelessness, mental health and addiction and has been working closely with organisations such as Mind, Citizens Advice and Ryedale counselling.
Patient surveys have shown a high level of satisfaction.