71,000 patients treated at St Helens walk-in centre

St Helens NHS Walk in Centre in the Millennium Centre building

St Helens NHS Walk in Centre in the Millennium Centre building

  • Over 70,000 patients treated at St Helens walk-in centre
  • Staff endured a particularly busy Christmas with 2,179 patients
  • Bosses say popularity of minor injuries unit takes pressure off Whiston A&E
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St Helens walk-in centre helped over 70,000 patients last year, new figures reveal.

Health bosses say the total reveals how the Millennium Centre-based unit is helping relive pressure on Whiston Hospital’s accident and emergency department.

Last year was an extremely busy year for our staff in St Helens NHS Walk-in Centre and Minor Injuries Unit

Elaine McDowell, walk-in centre clinical services manager

Throughout 2015, 71,912 patients were seen at the minor injuries unit.

That works out as an average of 197 patients a day.

And during the Christmas period was particularly busy, with 2,179 patients presenting for treatment for a range of minor injuries and ailments.

Elaine McDowell, walk-in centre clinical services manager for Bridgewater, said: “Last year was an extremely busy year for our staff in St Helens NHS Walk-in Centre and Minor Injuries Unit.

“We are tremendously proud of the high quality care we have provided to such a high volume of patients and that we have been able to reduce the pressures on our local hospitals in Whiston and Warrington.

“We want to encourage even more local people to use our services in 2016.

The Walk-in Centre is open every day of the week to help treat any minor ailments and illnesses such as cuts or wounds, sore throats, suspected simple fractures, rashes and allergic reactions, bites or stings, minor burns or scalds, minor head injuries, coughs and colds, sprains and strains, earache, eye injuries and infections.”