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Official opening

Olivia Breen

Paralympian opens new health clinic in Havant

Paralympian Olivia Breen was guest of honour as she officially opened the new Oak Park Community Clinic in Havant.

The 17-year-old bronze medallist in the 4 x 100m relay at the London 2012 Paralympics, who lives in Liphook and trains for the City of Portsmouth Athletics Club, said she was pleased that local residents had access to such an excellent new health facility in Lavant Drive, Havant.

Olivia said: “It’s great to be here to see the new clinic in action. I was very lucky to race on the new track in London last year and had a lot of support from Great Britain. I’m sure Oak Park Community Clinic will receive plenty of support from the local community too!”

NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) commissions services from the clinic, including podiatry, outpatients, diabetic retinopathy screening, and diagnostics, such as x-ray and ultrasound.

Dr Barbara Rushton, chair of the CCG, said: “This is a fantastic facility for patients in Havant, Waterlooville, Emsworth and the surrounding villages.

“Hundreds of people have already been seen here at the clinic, and it has helped to have so many local services in one central location. It makes it so much easier for patients, and as a GP I know how important it is to have modern, comfortable and accessible buildings such as this.

“We aim to make the best use of money that we can so our patients get fantastic healthcare services that we can buy. I think Oak Park Community Clinic does that very well.”

The clinic opened to patients in December 2012.