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Patients reminded walk-in centre open over Easter – and also to check their repeat prescriptions

March 21 2016

PEOPLE are being reminded that a local walk-in centre will be open throughout the Easter weekend, able to assist with a range of minor injuries and illnesses – and people with repeat prescriptions have also been urged to make sure they have sufficient medication to see them over the holiday.

Dr Marjorie Gillespie is Director of Primary Care at Care UK which, on behalf of the NHS, runs a number of walk-in centres across the country. She has urged patients to use the centres for appropriate advice and treatment rather than put added pressure on the local hospital’s A&E department.

Dr Gillespie said: “Our centre can help with a wide number of minor injuries and illnesses such as minor throat/chest infections, stomach complaints, urine infections, ear infections, skin complaints including rashes and insect bites/stings, minor wounds, bruising and swelling, minor head injuries and sprains, strains and soft tissue injuries.

“The wait at our walk-in centre is very likely to be considerably less than at A&E and you will be seen by fully qualified nurses and doctors. Bank holidays always put added pressure on local NHS services so it really helps everybody if patients choose the most appropriate course of treatment.”

Dr Gillespie also reminded patients who have repeat prescriptions to ensure they have sufficient medication to see them over the bank holiday weekend. “Whilst we are able to arrange for medication to be prescribed, we can only prescribe enough for the weekend. Also, the duty pharmacist may not be that close to the patient so it’s not an ideal scenario for the patient. Additionally, it means the service is placed under added pressure when it is always very busy dealing with urgent care calls from patients,” she said.

Care UK runs walk-in centres at The Hill General Practice in Birmingham, the North Colchester Health Centre, St Luke’s Health Centre in Southend, The Junction Health Centre in Clapham, Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre in Portsmouth, Hanley Health and Wellbeing Centre in Stoke, Tollgate Lodge in Stoke Newington, London and Brighton Station Health Centre.