Putnoe Walk-In Medical Centre to remain open - for now

Putnoe Walk-in Medical Centre will have new opening hours

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Partners at Putnoe Medical Centre have agreed a new two-year contract to continue to deliver walk in services north of the river.

Accountable Officer of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Alan Streets, said:

“The public consultation showed resoundingly that residents in Bedford want to retain a walk in service in the north of the borough.

“We have listened and have agreed a new contract, which means that walk in services will continue to be delivered at Putnoe Medical Centre and run in tandem with the new Urgent Treatment Centre on the south wing of Bedford Hospital.

“We know that this will be welcome news to those who have campaigned to retain services and engage with us around the future of urgent care services in Bedfordshire.”

Change in opening hours

While the walk in service will be retained at Putnoe Medical Centre, the new contract will see a change in weekday hours. With the service running from 8am – 2pm Monday – Friday.

Weekend hours will remain unchanged, operating from 8am – 5pm.

This change in time is as a result of capacity issues at Putnoe Medical Centre. It has recently taken on more than 4,000 patients from recently closed practices.


Urgent Treatment Centre at Bedford Hospital

In addition to Putnoe, walk in and bookable appointments will also be available from 11am – 11pm at the Urgent Treatment Centre at Bedford Hospital.

Through the Extended Access Programme, more than 500 appointments being made available in Bedford each week, and can be booked via NHS 111 and GP surgeries.

The new hours for Putnoe walk-in Centre will begin on 1 October 2018.