Appeal after centre closes

HEALTH chiefs are encouraging patients to take advantage of other services following the controversial closure of the walk-in centre at Kirkby’s Ashfield Health Village.

The centre finally closed its doors to patients on Friday, despite a long campaign to keep it open - which included more than 3,000 folk signing a petition protesting against the move.

Services have now been integrated with King’s Mill Hospital and this week Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - which runs King’s Mill - issued a fresh reminder to patients reassuring them that there are other services on offer.

A statement released by the trust, said: “In light of the recent closure of the walk-in centre at Ashfield Health Village, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like to remind local people of the primary care services available in the community, such as GP surgeries, pharmacists, dentists and opticians continue to be the first point of contact.

“The GP out-of-services, located alongside the emergency department at King’s Mill Hospital, can be accessed by dialling the usual GP surgery telephone number during evenings and weekends.”

Health bosses say the NHS Direct can also provide advice, information and reassurance 24 hours a day on 0845 4647 or via http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk.

Folk should only dial 999 or go to the emergency department in an emergency.