16th Dec, 2019

December date for opening of new GP-led Urgent Care Centre at Alex

Ross Crawford 28th Jul, 2018

THE new Urgent Care Centre (UCC) at the Alexandra Hospital is due to open in December.

The information was gleaned from the county’s Clinical Commissioning Groups of local doctors by Redditch MP Rachel Maclean.

The GP-led UCC was the only part that hadn’t been implemented under the reconfiguration of health services in Worcestershire which was proposed and passed by local doctors last year.

Mrs Maclean started a Parliamentary Petition to put pressure on county medics to get the centre up and running at the Alex as soon as possible.

She was backed by the Department for Health and Social Care which joined the MP in calling on local health bosses to publish their plans for the implementation of the UCC.

The UCC will run alongside the standard A&E service at the Alex.

On the issue of care for children, Minister of State for Health, Stephen Barclay MP, said: ““Rather than children being seen by A&E professionals, the UCC at the Alexandra Hospital will provide access to a primary care professional who will be experienced in treating a broad range of child health conditions.

“If a child was poorly enough to require admission to hospital, then they would need to be transferred to either Worcester or Birmingham.”

Mrs Maclean said: “We need this GP-led Urgent Care Centre up and running to give parents peace of mind that their children can be treated at their local hospital.

“I’m concerned that timescales can slip, as residents have seen time and time again with their local health services, so I would urge the CCG to publish their plans as soon as they can.”

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