To close much-used fa­cil­ity is mad­ness

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THE OB­SERVER SAYS...

THE num­bers for Ac­cring­ton Vic­to­ria walk-in cen­tre speak for them­selves.

Around 23,000 peo­ple made it clear they op­pose plans to close this vi­tal lo­cal fa­cil­ity. Fig­ures from 2016 show around 44,000 peo­ple were us­ing the hos­pi­tal a year - more than 120 a day. But this is not just about num­bers - it is about peo­ple. To take this much-used fa­cil­ity away from peo­ple is mad­ness.

It has now re­ceived six stays of ex­e­cu­tion but needs to be saved per­ma­nently.

Hyn­d­burn of­ten finds it­self at the thin end of the wedge when it comes to cuts, and the Ob­server stands squarely with our read­ers when we say: Hands off our walk-in cen­tre.

Last week the CCG con­firmed that changes to the walk-in cen­tre ser­vice would start on April 8 with pa­tients po­ten­tially redi­rected to an al­ter­na­tive ser­vice on Sun­days.

Kim­ber­ley added: “It seems that the CCG are mak­ing ‘off the cuff’ de­ci­sions and I ques­tion whether they would have no­ti­fied the pa­tients of the changes to the Sun­day ser­vice when they did, if it had not been high­lighted by our cam­paign.”

Dr Rachel Hal­stead, GP at The Royle in Great Har­wood, said: “Staff at all Hyn­d­burn prac­tices are able to book di­rectly into the Ex­tended Ac­cess ser­vice. The way we have set up the sys­tem means that pa­tients can be booked into the evening and week­end ap­point­ments if they can­not be seen or are un­able to at­tend dur­ing nor­mal surgery hours.”

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