Leigh NHS Walk-in Centre helps reduce pressures on local A&E departments

2 May 2014

Leigh NHS Walk-In Centre has had a busy 2014 so far with 12,910* patients being seen without an appointment for a minor injury or illness since 1 January thus helping to ease the pressures on local accident and emergency departments.

Leigh Walk-in-Centre

During the recent Easter bank holiday weekend, walk-in centre staff assessed and treated 495** patients – many of whom had wounds, fractures and sprains caused as a result of outdoor accidents in the bank holiday sunshine.

Leigh NHS Walk-in Centre, run by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Bridgewater), provides fast and easy access to treatment without an appointment for minor injuries and ailments and aims to treat and discharge all patients within four hours.

From suspected simple fractures and allergic reactions to injuries and infections, Leigh NHS Walk-in Centre has a team of specially trained and experienced nurses on hand 365 days a year to treat a range of non-serious conditions. There is also a dedicated X-Ray unit for limb injuries on site.

Louise Simpson, Acting Clinical Nurse Manager for Bridgewater said:

“We are committed to relieving some of the pressure on the accident and emergency departments at our local hospitals who need to prioritise patients with more serious and life-threatening conditions. As a result we urge people in the borough to consider using Leigh NHS Walk-in Centre in future if they need assessment quickly for a minor injury or ailment. Our nursing staff are on hand to assess and treat patients 365 days a year from 7am to 9pm and you don’t need an appointment to attend.”

Leigh NHS Walk-in Centre is based at Leigh Health Centre, (Leigh Infirmary), The Avenue, Leigh, WN7 1HR. The centre also provides other services including a dressings clinic, phlebotomy clinic, contraception and sexual health clinic and blood pressure monitoring clinic. To find out more call the centre at 01942 483453 or visit www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/ashtonleighwigan/leighwalkincentre/.

*From 1 January 2014 to 21 April 2014 12,910 patients were seen without an appointment at Leigh NHS Walk-in Centre. 
**495 patients were seen without an appointment at Leigh NHS Walk-in Centre between 18 and 21 April 2014. Only 16 patients required a referral to local Accident and Emergency Departments. 


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