THE decision to close a village surgery has been deferred again to allow more time to find a replacement.
Residents in Ketton have been working hard to find an alternative location for a surgery in the village ever since Uppingham Surgery, which runs the service, announced that it wanted to close it last year.
At a board meeting of NHS Leicester City and NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland yesterday, members agreed to defer the decision until later in the year despite recommendations from its representatives to close it.
A steering group had been set up in the village and was working with Uppingham Surgery and the NHS to find an alternative location.
The group, which was steered by the parish council, had wanted to use Ketton Library in Main Street as an alternative location, and at the meeting yesterday the board decided to give them more time to secure it.
The library is central to the village and would provide a much needed service to the elderly.
Parish council chairman David Walker of Bartles Hollow, Ketton, said: “Due to a direct collaboration between the working party set up under the parish council and Uppingham Surgery this has been achieved.
“If an alternative premises is found then Uppingham Surgery has agreed to continue its service in the village. As far as we are concerned it is a reality. We are still on track to provide medical services within the village.”