Council to monitor new clinic service

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Suffolk County Council says it will monitor where it needs to increase capacity at the new children’s centre in Hadleigh.

It follows criticism of the centre in last week’s Free Press by mums and carers, reported by campaigner Jane Basham.

Services previously run at the closed Brett River facility have been transferred to Hadleigh Leisure Centre.

After mums complained they had to wait for a baby weigh-in clinic to take place, the council has pledged to continue to monitor whether it needs to increase capacity.

The council is organising for a new sign to placed outside the leisure centre – and confirmed a baby yoga class at Hadleigh Scouts hut – which mums criticised as a remote and unsuitable location – was no longer running.

Commenting on the leisure centre venue, a spokeswoman said: “When the first few sessions took place, parents were encouraged to sit on the mats to interact with their children.

“A grandmother did ask for a chair, as she found it difficult to sit on the floor, and now several chairs are available. We have moved it to a much more spacious room.”

She added: “We will consider how best to ensure parents and carers know that they do not have to disclose or discuss anything with gym staff, and how to contact health or children’s centre staff directly.”