Busy walk-in centre eases A&E pressure

St Helens NHS Walk in Centre in the Millennium Centre building
St Helens NHS Walk in Centre in the Millennium Centre building
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More than 2,000 patients were treated at St Helens’ NHS Walk In Centre over the Christmas period, official figures show.

Health bosses are delighted with the upsurge in numbers visiting the minor injuries unit in the town centre’s Millenium Centre because it eases pressure on hard-pressed hospital facilities.

The festive period rounds off a busy year for the centre, which is run by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, which treated a total of 74,432 during 2013.

Elaine McDowell, the centre’s clinical services manager, said: “From suspected simple fractures and allergic reactions to injuries and infections, St Helens NHS Walk-in Centre and Minor Injuries Unit has a team of specially trained and experienced nurses on hand seven days a week to treat a range of non-serious conditions. We also have a dedicated X-Ray unit for limb injuries on site.

“Our staff have worked extremely hard over Christmas and the past year to provide high quality care, treating on average 203 patients a day.

“We are keen to relieve some of the pressure on our local accident and emergency departments who need to prioritise patients with more serious and life-threatening conditions.

“As a result we want to encourage more people to consider visiting the centre in the coming year if they need assessment quickly for a minor injury or illness.”

The Corporation Street centre is open between 7am and 10pm on Mondays to Saturday and between 9am and 10pm on Sundays.

The centre can be contacted by calling 01744 627400. To find out more visit www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/haltonsthelens/walkincentresthelens.