Campaigners hoping to save a hospital aftercare service are hosting another meeting next week in a bid to reopen the north Norfolk centre.

In June, Norfolk County Council closed its reablement service at Benjamin Court in Cromer.

It provided short-stay rehabilitation for people well enough to be discharged from hospital, but not well enough to return home.

However, Norfolk County Council decided to close its doors as part of plans to offer a similar care service at people’s homes.

North Norfolk News: Campaigners outside Benjamin CourtCampaigners outside Benjamin Court (Image: Supplied)

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More than 100 people attended a public meeting organised by North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker last week (Friday, August 25) to raise their concerns about the centre with a panel of health leaders from the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) and Norfolk County Council (NCC) adult social services.

Now, campaigners will meet again next Wednesday (September 6) at Cromer Community Centre, in Garden Street, at 7pm.

North Norfolk News: Benjamin Court, CromerBenjamin Court, Cromer (Image: Colin Finch)

“Members of the public present made it very clear that they were not satisfied with the reasons being put forward for closure,” Martin Booth, campaigner and secretary of North Norfolk Tades Union Council, said after the meeting last week.

“Speaker after speaker described how vital the service had been in providing them with vital support after being discharged from hospital, leading Mr Baker to call for the building to be kept for NHS services and for reablement to be provided in north Norfolk, and not centralised in Norwich, as is currently being proposed.”

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NCC has said that concentrating on care in the home would allow an extra 1,500 people to be cared for in 2023.

For more information about next week’s meeting, contact Martin Booth at

North Norfolk News: More than 100 people attended the last meetingMore than 100 people attended the last meeting (Image: Supplied)