Posted on December 21, 2016

Darlington walk-in centre relocating to hospital

It has been revealed that the walk-in urgent care centre for Darlington is to have a permanent home in the Memorial Hospital.

NHS Darlington CCG believes that the decision to relocate services from Doctor Piper House will be of benefit to patients. The walk-in centre will be located next to the A&E department and will be open around the clock.

CCG Chair Andrea Jones said that this is just part of the CCG’s plan to create an integrated urgent care service. The walk-in centre will deal with urgent healthcare issues but not life-threatening ones.

Staff will be able to quickly assess patients and determine where they should be treated, and it will be much easier for staff at the walk-in centre to arrange tests, scans and x-rays if needed. Jones pointed out that there are many people going to A&E who could easily be treated elsewhere.

The move is scheduled for 14th December and is the next stage in the plan for emergency care in the region. Three years ago, the decision was made to reduce the opening hours at Doctor Piper House so that it was open from 8am to 5pm. Overnight services moved to the Memorial Hospital. Originally, there were fears that this meant that the walk-in centre would be wound down, but the health authorities said that it was because there were not many people using the service.

The walk-in centre has been open since 2005 and cost £2 million to set up

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