Consultation meeting over walk-in centre

ASHFIELD residents are being urged to attend a meeting into the review of the walk-in centre at Ashfield Health Village on Tuesday afternoon.

The proposal for the future of the centre will be discussed with representatives from NHS Nottinghamshire County, local GPs and councillors at the Summit Centre on Pavilion Road, Kirkby, on Tuesday, from 1-3pm.

The centre - which provides a wide range of health treatment for minor ailments - could close or move to Sutton’s King’s Mill Hospital as it is not being used by enough people who need it.

The health authority has identified four key options for the walk-in centre, which includes no change, complete closure, expansion of the current walk-in centre, and integration of the service with the A&E department at King’s Mill - the preferred options by clinicians leading the review.

Matt Youdale, NHS Nottinghamshire County’s director of communications and engagement said: “We are really keen to hear people’s views about the options we’re proposing at Tuesday’s meeting.

“This is a great opportunity for local people to have their say.

“This review is being led by senior clinicians, doctors and nurses.

“To them, the option to integrate the services into a single front door at A&E is the most acceptable, safest, highest quality and best value.

“However – NHS Nottinghamshire County does not yet have a formal view on what should happen.

“No decisions will be made until after we have heard the views of local people, that is why the consultation is important.”

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