We strongly support the Sole Bay Health Centre (SBHC) in their endeavours to deliver a superlative service to all of us. Taken in the round we would be hard pushed to find a better service delivered by all the team here.

Sadly, it is those services not being provided by the surgery which seem to have been eroded.

James Paget (JPUH) has withdrawn the eye clinic service because of funding shortages despite

there being a fully equipped room at SBHC.

The phlebotomy service, provided by East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) have had considerable difficulties ensuring phlebotomy cover at Sole Bay. This has resulted in significant inconvenience for patients and the Practice staff having to step in on occasion to provide the service. We hope this will settle down.

The dentist has so far not moved in to Sole Bay Health Centre and we are unclear what the state of negotiations are.

All this adds up to a betrayal by the CCG of our support for their "Shape of the system" strategy when the Southwold hospital was closed. We were promised an holistic front-line local service at SBHC, which presumably was why the health centre was built at a cost of £5M.

We intend to address this issue with the CCG. (For those wishing to learn more about the NHS and healthcare see this link in The Economist setting local solutions and the difficulties on getting to them or see

We also endorse the good work of the Patients Participation Group (PPG) sponsored by SBHC; any points you wish to raise concerning your health care please contact the secretary Jo Flunder at

Dexter Kirk President


Sizewell C consultation: we are responding to this,  focussing on the traffic impact of the construction phase which could affect tourism business for several years. As a result, we think the four village bypass on the A12 (Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham) is essential, not just the bypass of the latter two which is proposed.

The Offshore wind farm consultation resumes with two drop-in sessions in Southwold from 2-7pm on 25 February and 4 March. We would encourage all to attend one of these.

Fire Damage on the Common: The Golf Club are organising a second volunteer clear-up operation on 20 February. Meet, equipped with gardening gloves and, if possible, a saw, at the Golf Club at 9.30am

Philip O'Hear  Secretary