Campaign to save Worcester walk-in centre launched

Campaign to save Worcester walk-in centre launched

1714581901 Paul Jackson 25.04.14 Worcester Joy Squires, front, is launching a bid to save the Worcester Walk-in Centre. (5670235)

1714581902 Paul Jackson 25.04.14 Worcester Joy Squires, front, is launching a bid to save the Worcester Walk-in Centre. (5670237)

First published in News

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save Worcester's walk-in health centre.

Health bosses are currently considering a major overhaul of urgent care in the county, which will include the closure of the walk-in element of centre in Farrier Street.

But if the plans - dubbed the Worcestershire Urgent Care Strategy - are given the go-ahead the centre will remain open as a GP surgery.

Labour's parliamentary candidate for Worcester Cllr Joy Squires officially launched a campaign to stop the closure on Friday, April 25, describing the centre as "incredibly important to the city".

"If the centre is closed people will have no alternative but to go to already over-stretched A&E departments," she said.

“It is important that people join the campaign to keep Worcester walk-in centre open.”

The campaign group will be going door-to-door in the city urging residents to sign a petition against the closure of the site, which currently deals with 15,000 inquiries a year and has 4,400 registered patients.

A public consultation into the plans closed earlier this month after being extended by three weeks to allow residents to have a closer look at the scheme, which is now being considered by NHS bosses.

For more information on the campaign visit www.saveworcesterwalkin.co.uk.

To find out more about the Worcestershire Urgent Care Strategy visit www.southworcsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/urgent-care.

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5:42pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Hwicce says...

Unless they address the problem where you CAN'T just walk-in and be seen then it may as well be a GP surgery.

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck.....
Unless they address the problem where you CAN'T just walk-in and be seen then it may as well be a GP surgery. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck..... Hwicce
  • Score: -4

6:29pm Fri 25 Apr 14

lucious46 says...

Don't see the point in saving the walk in centre. I've taken my little one twice. We had just come home from holiday and went straight there as she was being sick constantly. They wouldn't see her as we hadn't got an appointment and took her to a&e. The whole point of a walk in centre is so your able to walk in and see a doctor quickly. They are supposed to be taking the pressure of the hospitals but that is no way happening. Close it I say! !
Don't see the point in saving the walk in centre. I've taken my little one twice. We had just come home from holiday and went straight there as she was being sick constantly. They wouldn't see her as we hadn't got an appointment and took her to a&e. The whole point of a walk in centre is so your able to walk in and see a doctor quickly. They are supposed to be taking the pressure of the hospitals but that is no way happening. Close it I say! ! lucious46
  • Score: -3

6:56pm Fri 25 Apr 14

goodygoody says...

No need to panic. Simply register with the Farrier Street Doctors' Surgery instead.
No need to panic. Simply register with the Farrier Street Doctors' Surgery instead. goodygoody
  • Score: -3

9:13pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Westhamoldguy says...

The Walkin centre must be saved, they are open 8am to 8pm every day of the year, yes as you are having xmas dinner, they are open for you at no charge, they are central and easy to get to by public transport, and what is the point of telling you not to go to an overstretched A+E and then close the best medical facility in Worcester? It just forces people to A+E, on the point of no appointments, they amount of missed (and lost) appointments must be partly to blame, a drunk demands to be seen then does not appear takes the appointment of the young girl vomitting. Use the service correctly and it is a godsend, good luck in the fight!
The Walkin centre must be saved, they are open 8am to 8pm every day of the year, yes as you are having xmas dinner, they are open for you at no charge, they are central and easy to get to by public transport, and what is the point of telling you not to go to an overstretched A+E and then close the best medical facility in Worcester? It just forces people to A+E, on the point of no appointments, they amount of missed (and lost) appointments must be partly to blame, a drunk demands to be seen then does not appear takes the appointment of the young girl vomitting. Use the service correctly and it is a godsend, good luck in the fight! Westhamoldguy
  • Score: 6

9:24pm Fri 25 Apr 14

lucious46 says...

I agree but this should be what is says it is ... A walk in centre. I wouldn't have minded sitting there for 30 mins to see someone but you have to go down (because you can't make an appointment over the phone) then go home for so many hours to then go back down. I have my own doctors for making appointments when it's not urgent but if I or my kids need a doctor on a weekend or after 5 I expect to be able to go and be able to see someone.
I agree but this should be what is says it is ... A walk in centre. I wouldn't have minded sitting there for 30 mins to see someone but you have to go down (because you can't make an appointment over the phone) then go home for so many hours to then go back down. I have my own doctors for making appointments when it's not urgent but if I or my kids need a doctor on a weekend or after 5 I expect to be able to go and be able to see someone. lucious46
  • Score: 0

1:17am Sat 26 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

lucious 46 I thinkyou are being unfair on the 50,000 who did use this service during 12 months. And I would perhaps say that you cannot just walk into your Doctors and see a doctor. In fact it's difficult at our Gps to get an appointment see your GP,
And I have also walked into the Walk in centre and asked the receptionist if there were any appointments available, was asked to fill in a form, and told that if I waited 20 miutes I would see a doctor. And when next I visisted my doctors the visits to the Walk in Health centre had been forwarded to them.
Nothing but praise if a little patience is shown. And if you ring the Walk in Centre you can quite easily arrange an appointment. And of course A& E was the place to take your daughter if you had returned from holiday with a sick child, that is what irt is for.
So yes save the Walk In Centre. WHERE DO I SIGN.
lucious 46 I thinkyou are being unfair on the 50,000 who did use this service during 12 months. And I would perhaps say that you cannot just walk into your Doctors and see a doctor. In fact it's difficult at our Gps to get an appointment see your GP, And I have also walked into the Walk in centre and asked the receptionist if there were any appointments available, was asked to fill in a form, and told that if I waited 20 miutes I would see a doctor. And when next I visisted my doctors the visits to the Walk in Health centre had been forwarded to them. Nothing but praise if a little patience is shown. And if you ring the Walk in Centre you can quite easily arrange an appointment. And of course A& E was the place to take your daughter if you had returned from holiday with a sick child, that is what irt is for. So yes save the Walk In Centre. WHERE DO I SIGN. Jabbadad
  • Score: 5

8:42am Sat 26 Apr 14

sitting on the fence gives you piles says...

Have used this service in the last 12 months for myself and for one of my children. Annoying that you have to go to make the appointment and then return, but the upside is that when you do return there is only a very short wait. I went there on a Saturday morning due to a badly infected throat and received a prescription for antibiotics. The alternative was either A&E or a painful weekend and time off work on Monday morning to visit my own doctor.
I'll be signing the petition!
Have used this service in the last 12 months for myself and for one of my children. Annoying that you have to go to make the appointment and then return, but the upside is that when you do return there is only a very short wait. I went there on a Saturday morning due to a badly infected throat and received a prescription for antibiotics. The alternative was either A&E or a painful weekend and time off work on Monday morning to visit my own doctor. I'll be signing the petition! sitting on the fence gives you piles
  • Score: 5

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