Putnoe Walk-In Centre's future to be discussed at meeting

The future of Putnoe Walk-In Centre

There is to be a public meeting about the future plans for Putnoe Walk-in Centre and NHS urgent care in Bedfordshire.

It will give local people the opportunity to hear about the proposal to change how urgent care is delivered in Bedfordshire. Such as moving the walk in services from Putnoe to an Urgent Treatment Centre to Bedford Hospital South Wing.

This move would be combined with a new Extended Access programme. The programme will see 500 extra GP appointments delivered out of two hubs (one in the north of Bedford and one in the south) every week in the town.

The meeting will be held on 13 August at Kings House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9AZ from 6.45pm – 8.45pm.

Consultation is still open

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Accountable Officer, Alan Streets, said:

“We want to deliver great care for our residents, and to do this, we need to build resilience in primary and urgent care, so that people can access the help they need when they need it.

“That’s why we’ve started to look at how urgent care is delivered across Bedfordshire, and using national guidance from NHS England, we’ve developed a proposal that we think delivers the right care locally.

The consultation, which opened on 10 July, will run until midnight on Sunday 19 August 2018.  Alan said:

“We’ve been out listening to the views of local people for a number of weeks, but we want to reach as many people as possible and give them the opportunity to ask any questions they have, before our Governing Body considers the findings of the consultation in September”.

“I would encourage residents to join us for the meeting and complete our questionnaire so that they can make their voice heard.”

Residents are invited to take part in the consultation by completing a questionnaire, available along with more information, on the CCG website:

Information and copies of the survey questionnaire are also available from GP surgeries and libraries, or on request from: bedsccg.communications@nhs.net