Walk-in Centre boost

A Doctor will join experienced nursing staff at Prestwich Walk-in Centre at busy times to alleviate pressures and encourage patients not to make unnecessary trips to A&E.

The Walk-in Centre service is run by experienced nurses from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.  Until the end of March 2014, the team will be joined at peak times each day by a GP who will be available to assess and treat patients with more complex minor illnesses and injuries.  Having a GP available at peak times will reduce the need for patients with more complex problems to visit another NHS service, whilst encouraging patients to use the Walk-in Centre, rather than A&E, for minor conditions.

NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), local GP practices in the South of Bury and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust have been working together on the project.

Traditionally the winter months see increased pressure on health services and local people are reminded that Prestwich Walk-in Centre is open every day of the week, and patients can just walk in with no appointment needed.  The service is an alternative choice for anyone who can’t get a same day appointment at their own GP practice, when they are suffering from an ailment, illness or injury that needs assessing quickly, but isn’t serious enough to require a visit to A&E.  

The Walk-in Centre Nurse led service is open from 8am to 8pm, every day of the year, and is located at Fairfax Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1BT.

Louise Palmer, Service Co-ordinator for Urgent Care Pathways, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (the organisation that runs the Walk-in Centre) said: “Our service is ideal for patients who need a quick assessment, but their condition isn’t serious enough to warrant a trip to A&E.  Many people attend A&E with relatively minor conditions, and we want to remind people that Prestwich Walk-in Centre offers fast access seven days a week without an appointment.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with a GP over the winter months to enhance our service which offers patients a one stop shop for minor illnesses and injuries.”

Dr. Jeffrey Schryer, a local GP who is involved in the project added:  “This is an exciting opportunity for healthcare staff to work together, with complementary skills, to provide an enhanced service during the busy winter period.  The Walk-in Centre is an ideal place to go if you have a minor illness or injury which needs assessing quickly but isn’t serious enough to need a trip to A&E.”

“I’d urge local people to help keep A&E available for people who are extremely unwell and need urgent medical attention, and to consider one of the range of alternative services such as their local community pharmacy, their own GP practice and of course Prestwich Walk-in Centre.” 

ENDS

Date: 20th January 2014

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Notes to Editor

The Walk-in Centre team can provide advice and treatment for a wide range of minor illnesses and injuries including cuts and small wounds; coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms; rashes and sore throats; urinary tract infections and muscle and joint injuries, including strains and sprains.  The team includes nurses who can prescribe some medications if required, for example to treat an infection (not repeat prescriptions).  The service also provides emergency contraception and Chlamydia screening for 15 to 24 year olds, and one-off dressings for example the removal of stitches.

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