23 January 2014
Staff from Widnes NHS Walk-In Centre have seen a busy festive period treating 1,478 patients*, helping to ease the pressures on local accident and emergency departments.
Christmas rounded off a busy year for the centre, which is run by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Bridgewater). It saw a total of 52,110 patients walking through its doors in 2013 to gain fast and easy access to treatment without an appointment for minor injuries and ailments.
Elaine McDowell, Walk-in Centre Clinical Services Manager for Bridgewater said:
“From minor burns and allergic reactions to injuries and infections, Widnes NHS Walk-in Centre has a team of specially trained and experienced nurses on hand seven days a week to treat a range of non-serious conditions.
“Our staff have worked extremely hard over Christmas and the past year to provide high quality care, treating on average 143 patients a day**. We are keen to relieve some of the pressure on our local accident and emergency departments who need to prioritise patients with more serious and life-threatening conditions. As a result we want to encourage more people to consider visiting the centre in the coming year if they need assessment quickly for a minor injury or ailment.”
Widnes NHS Walk-in Centre is based at The Health Care Resource Centre, Oaks Place, Caldwell Road, Widnes, WA8 7GD and is open 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 10pm Sundays. The centre can be contacted by calling 0151 495 5000.
About Widnes NHS Walk-in Centre
- *1,478 patients were treated at Widnes NHS Walk-in Centre between 21 December 2013 and 1 January 2014.
- **On average 143 patients were treated each day during 2013 based on a total of 52,110 patients being treated from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013.
- The type of ailments and illnesses that are able to be treated at the centre include: minor cuts or wounds, sore throats, rashes and allergic reactions, bites or stings, minor burns or scalds, minor head injury, coughs and colds, muscle or joint Injuries (e.g. sprains and strains), earache, eye injuries and infections. There is also access to emergency contraception, prescribed medication (subject to assessment) and The Community Deep Vein Thrombosis Service (non-complex cases only).