Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara slams NHS decision to close Little Hulton Walk-in Centre

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Barbara has criticised the announcement by NHS Salford of their intention to close the NHS Walk-in Centre at Little Hulton.

In November 2010 Barbara objected to the proposals to close the Walk-in Centre and replace it with an Urgent Care Centre at Hope Hospital. She felt this would cause travel difficulties and extra cost for patients from Little Hulton.

NHS Salford has now announced its intention to close the Walk-in Centre by Autumn 2011. Due to cost pressures, services will be switched over to an Urgent Care Centre based 7 miles away at Salford Royal Hospital.

Barbara said:

“The NHS Walk-in Centre at Little Hulton has provided a vital service in an area where people have much worse health than in other areas of Salford.  When the proposal to close the centre was announced I objected strongly on behalf of my constituents.

NHS Salford say that when they close the Walk-in Centre, patients with primary care needs will be directed to their GP, a Pharmacy or even to care for themselves. Many patients in Little Hulton use the Walk-in Centre precisely because they had problems getting access to their GP when they needed it.

I have asked for an urgent meeting with the Primary Care Trust Chief Executive and I want to hear what plans the Primary Care Trust has to meet the unmet needs of people in Little Hulton when this Walk-in Centre is closed.”

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