25 July 2011
For immediate release
Plans for urgent care in Loughborough
Local GPs are currently looking at how to improve urgent care services in Loughborough. The
work will focus on the future use of the Loughborough Walk-In Centre and improving access to
local GP practices.
The work is being led by a group of GPs from West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning
Group, which was set up in line with the draft Health and Social Care bill. The group will have
statutory responsibility for commissioning local health services in the area once PCTs are
abolished in 2013.
The group will look at whether local GP practices can treat more of the people who currently go
to the walk-in centre for day-to-day injuries and illnesses, leaving the walk-in centre to manage
more serious ‘urgent care’ problems such as broken bones.
Consideration is also being given to whether the walk-in centre would be better placed within
Loughborough Hospital, where there is access to inpatient beds and diagnostic tests.
The GPs are now working with local patients and members of the public, staff at the walk-in
centre, local politicians and A&E clinicians to firm up their proposals and ensure everyone’s
views are taken into account.
Dr Nick Wilmott, a local GP and member of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group,
who is chairing the development group, said: “As we move into a new era for the NHS, with
clinicians leading commissioning, we are taking this opportunity to look at how we provide urgent
care to ensure we are delivering the most effective services possible for local people.
“The one-year contract for the walk-in centre currently sits with the Charnwood GPs and within
the next eight months, we will have to decide on the long-term future of the service. With the
desire to improve local services and the upcoming contract decision in mind, we believe that the
time is now right to review local services.
“Our proposals are still in the planning stages but are based on encouraging people to go to their
own GPs whenever possible for minor injuries and illnesses. In many cases this would bring
care even closer to home. This would also free up the walk-in centre to deal with more serious
issues, making better use of resources.
“We do recognise that people have sometimes found it difficult to get GP appointments locally,
so part of the plans will see us working with all local GPs to help them provide more extended
and flexible opening times.
“We will be engaging with local people and healthcare professionals over the next few weeks
while we finalise our proposals. If our final proposals present a change to services, we will hold a
public consultation during the autumn.”
A workshop to discuss urgent care for local people and plans for the walk-in centre will take
place on Thursday 11 August at Charnwood Indoor Bowls Club, in Browns Lane, Loughborough,
LE11 3HE. Registration is from 12.30pm, with the workshop taking place from 1pm to 4.30pm.
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Notes to editors:
NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland is the operating name for Leicestershire County and
Rutland Primary Care Trust (PCT).
West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group was formed earlier this year as part of the
changes proposed to the NHS under the Health and Social Care bill. Clinical Commissioning
Groups were formerly known as GP consortia. The West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning
Group represents 50 GP practices and covers Hinckley & Bosworth, North Charnwood, North
West Leicestershire and South Charnwood.