campaigners fighting to save Stapleford’s walk-in centre say they are not giving up despite health chiefs’ decision to close the facility.
At a meeting on Thursday, board members at NHS Nottinghamshire County decided to integrate the services currently offered by the walk-in centre into the emergency departments at the QMC.
The move has been prompted by an increase in the number of patients going to Accident and Emergency rather than visiting their GP, the fact that GP’s nearby are offering the same services and that more vulnerable people such as the elderly do not use them as much.
But Leader of Stapleford Town Council, Cllr Jacky Williams, said: “We will not give up the fight, we’ve worked so hard and we will keep going.
“We have major concerns about the closure and the effect it will have on the community.
“We’re still hopeful that we might be able to persuade them to change their minds.”
Cllr Michael Rich told the Advertiser: “We’ve been told improvements need to be made to the existing GP service and I think that should happen before the walk-in centre closes.
“It’s still disappointing that it will close because people liked the convenience of it.”
The trust undertook a 100-day public consultation and according to the results, 41 per cent of people wanted to see it integrated at QMC, while 30 per cent wanted it to stay as it is.
During the meeting, Dr Pat Higham said people needed to be reassured about what services they should access.
She added: “We have to go much further in informing the public and building their confidence so they know where to go.”
And Medical Director from NHS Nottinghamshire County Dr Doug Black said: “We don’t want people with primary care problems to present at ten o’clock at the front door of the emergency department.”
A similar service in Kirkby in Ashfield will also close.
Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry and Ashfield MP Gloria de Piero are setting up a joint meeting with the PCT to discuss the decision.
The changes will not be implemented until a further meeting by the overview and scrutiny committee on April 4.
All other facilities at the Stapleford Care Centre will remain open.