Walk in centre wins shock reprieve

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting the closure of the walk-in centre at Ashfield Health Village in Kirkby have been granted a shock reprieve after the matter was referred to the Secretary of State for Health.

We reported last week that NHS Nottinghamshire County’s board had voted to integrate the services with King’s Mill’s emergency department.

But on Monday, members of Nottinghamshire County Council’s overview and scrutiny committee, which oversees major decisions, voted to refer the matter to the Secretary of State because they were not convinced closure was in the interests of patients.

The decision means the walk-in centre will remain open until a decision is made by the Secretary of State.

For more on this, see tomorrow’s Chad.