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Broadstairs Campus Earmaked for Medical Use

Posted by Richard Ward

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The Canterbury Christ Church campus in Broadstairs is being considered as the site for a GP hub.

From this year the campus will no longer be accepting students as the university relocates courses to Canterbury as part of its 10 to 15-year Estate Master Plan.

The Broadstairs campus was set up in 2000 to provide local people access to higher education. However, university bosses say the majority of students from Thanet are choosing to study at the main campus in Canterbury.

Earlier this year North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale said the campus could be used as part of a new 'medical school'. It followed the announcement by Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt that five new medical schools nationally will open their doors to student doctors starting this September.

One of the successful bids came from the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University for a Kent & Medway Medical School. This is likely to be based in Canterbury, but it was suggested the Broadstairs campus may have a medical use.

Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group has now confirmed it is one of the potential sites being looked at for a 'super surgery'.

Thanet CCG says a new site would provide GPs and a range of other health and care services for up to 60,000 people.