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Hyndburn walk-in centre to remain open until spring 2018

NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group has today confirmed that the walk-in centre at Accrington Victoria Hospital will remain open until spring 2018. 

Jackie Hanson, Director of Quality & Chief Nurse said:

“We have been listening to providers, partners and patients who have told us that while they understand the rationale for its closure, they felt it would be better to close the Walk-in-Centre in spring 2018 rather than during this autumn as this is a period which has typically become a period of exceptionally high demand for all health services.  On this basis the Primary Care Committee at East Lancashire CCG has given the go ahead for talks to be held with a view to extending the opening of the Walk-in-Centre at Hyndburn.  This would be for an additional six months past the originally planned closure of 30 September 2017.  This would enable us to manage the transition from one service model to a different model in a managed and safe way, and which will ensure there is sufficient capacity across the health system to deal with an increase in activity over the winter. The CCG will keep everyone updated on the outcomes of these discussions.”