Walk-in centre set to close

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STAPLEFORD walk-in centre is set to close for good at 6pm tomorrow (Friday), the NHS has announced.

The decision to close the Church Street centre was finalised at a meeting of Nottinghamshire County Council’s social care and health standing committee last week.

But NHS Nottinghamshire County has said patients in the area can still access ‘primary care services’, such as GPs, pharmacists and dentists in the community.

Oliver Newbould, chief operating officer for the Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re committed to delivering the right care, in the right place, the first time to our patients.

“This includes improving access to local NHS services.”

Kirkby-in-Ashfield’s walk-in centre will close at 8pm the same day.

Stapleford Walk-in Centre will close at 6pm and Ashfield Walk-in Centre will close at 8pm.

NHS Nottinghamshire County wants patients to access primary care services and receive the ‘right care, in the right place, first time’. Primary care is the service provided by GPs, pharmacists, dentists and opticians in the community.

Across Nottinghamshire, there are lots of primary care services available, including:

Local pharmacies,

Family Doctors,

Out-of-Hours service – this is accessed by dialling the usual GP surgery telephone number during evenings and weekends,

By calling NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or online at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk,

Going to the Walk-in Centres in Nottingham City, Clifton, or Ilkeston,

Visiting the Minor Injuries Unit and Urgent Care Centre at Newark Hospital.

If this is not possible, patients who need urgent healthcare should visit their nearest Emergency Department (ED).

Deborah Jaines, Chief Operating Officer for High Point Health Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are keen to remind patients that there are many different ways to access health services across Nottinghamshire. This includes your local pharmacy, GP practice, NHS Direct and even self care.”

If patients need advice with accessing local NHS services, they can call the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0800 028 3693.