Victory hailed for Accrington walk-in centre protest

Coun Clare Pritchard heads the ‘Save Our Walk-in Centre’ protest in October last year

Clare Pritchard

Pam Barton

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

ACCRINGTON’S threatened walk-in centre has been given a reprieve until late next year.

Following a lengthy campaign by patients and councillors, health bosses have proposed to keep the popular centre, at the town’s Victoria Hospital, open for a further 18 months – until October 2015.

Deputy council leader, Clare Pritchard, fought hard to save the service after the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) initially ruled out keeping the Health Access Centre as it is now. She said: “This is a victory for common sense and we are pleased the CCG have listened to the views of local people and the council before making a hasty decision.

“We are one hundred per cent committed to helping ensure that the people of Hyndburn continue to receive first class primary health care provision in the future.”

The plans to keep the centre open will go before a CCG board on Monday, March 24.

And then, during the next 18 months, the CCG will consult with the public and stakeholders about the future of primary health care provision across East Lancashire. Hyndburn Council said it was also urging NHS England to delay any decision about the future of the GP surgery at Accrington Victoria Hospital, which is also under threat.

Cabinet member for health and communities, Coun Pam Barton, said: “We are fully committed to helping ensure local people continue to receive first class primary health care in the future.

“That’s why we are also urging NHS England not to make any rash decisions about the very popular GP surgery at Accrington Victoria Hospital until 2015, so the voice of local people can be heard which will enable a considered and co-ordinated procurement process.”

Chair of East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Di van Ruitenbeek, said: “We have listened carefully to the views and concerns of local people and Hyndburn Borough Council about the GP walk-in service at Accrington Victoria Hospital.

“The recommendation to extend the contract for a further 18 months will enable us to carefully review the needs of patients across East Lancashire for out of hours services and urgent GP appointments so that we can then take a well-informed decision about the best model for the future delivery of these services.”

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2:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Venomp says...

Good
Good Venomp
  • Score: 2

3:36pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mavrick says...

Well done every one. Do not let up in this long campaign as they will simply close it bit by bit. we should have the emergency dentist returned. Remember it is our NHS not theirs. If you want to help you need to keep writing to the health secretary, MPs, CCG. or join health trust boards and above all do not be frightened of these people.
Well done every one. Do not let up in this long campaign as they will simply close it bit by bit. we should have the emergency dentist returned. Remember it is our NHS not theirs. If you want to help you need to keep writing to the health secretary, MPs, CCG. or join health trust boards and above all do not be frightened of these people. mavrick
  • Score: 4

3:53pm Wed 19 Mar 14

kosmic karma says...

Correct, sign the petitions, canvass councillors and make your voice heard. Complacency will hasten matters. ( ex NHS nurse for 20 years)
Correct, sign the petitions, canvass councillors and make your voice heard. Complacency will hasten matters. ( ex NHS nurse for 20 years) kosmic karma
  • Score: 3

8:26pm Wed 19 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

How strange the goverment backs down , when we all stick together ,,, we pay there wages we should say if places stay open , been ruled by London and thay haven't a clue about the real world we live in ,,, well done power to the people :)
How strange the goverment backs down , when we all stick together ,,, we pay there wages we should say if places stay open , been ruled by London and thay haven't a clue about the real world we live in ,,, well done power to the people :) phil kernot
  • Score: 1

10:10pm Fri 21 Mar 14

mys says...

This is brilliant news,we need to all stick together to keep the practice open for good, don't know what I'd do without our doctor,nurses and staff if they close it down,I'm sure a lot more patients feel the same.thank you.
This is brilliant news,we need to all stick together to keep the practice open for good, don't know what I'd do without our doctor,nurses and staff if they close it down,I'm sure a lot more patients feel the same.thank you. mys
  • Score: 1

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