Walk in centre is still open – for now
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Partners at The Putnoe Medical Centre have agreed to extend the contract for the Walk in Centre for a further six months. This is while a new Urgent Treatment Centre is set up in Bedford.
The Putnoe Walk In Centre provides urgent care to approximately 35,000 patients each year. It ensures that patients can access care when they need it.
Clinical Chair at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Alvin Low, said:
“We are committed to making sure patients in Bedford can access the care they need at the right time and in the right place.”
New Urgent Treatment Centre
The Putnoe Walk In Centre’s contract was due to expire on 31 March 2018. Patients would then use a new Urgent Treatment Centre. This would provide appointments and simple diagnostics, such as blood tests and x-rays.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has delayed these plans until 1 October 2018, to ensure the new service can meet patient needs.
Dr Low said:
“The Putnoe Walk In Centre is a much valued service and will continue to run until 30 September 2018, when the new Urgent Treatment Centre will open at a different location.
“We are grateful for the support and flexibility of the Partners at Putnoe Medical Centre and look forward to working closely with them as we transition from the Walk In Centre to a new facility in Bedford.”
The contract for the medical centre’s registered patients will continue for the next 3-5 years.
Once the Walk In Centre closes on 30 September 2018, Putnoe Medical Centre will provide a six day GP service for registered patients.
From 1 April 2018, the Walk In Centre’s opening hours will change to:
Monday to Friday – 8am – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday – 8am – 5pm