Health bosses are considering moving doctors into a church to combat a shortage of sites for practises.

NHS Brighton and Hove Trust said it was possible that Sackville Road and Central Hove surgeries could move into Holy Trinity Church in Blatchington Road by the end of 2012.

The trust, who previously said they faced difficulties in finding suitable premises in the city to replace cramped and ageing surgeries, said their new plan would also save a “landmark building” for the community.

A spokeswoman added: “After a long search for suitable new premises, both we and the practices feel that the Holy Trinity site could be an excellent new home, but we want to hear what local people think before we submit a planning application to the city council.

“Our plan involves building a spacious, fully accessible medical centre on three floors within the shell of the listed church building.

“This scheme would save the church from risk of demolition and retain what is a landmark building for the good of the community.”