People living across the Fylde coast are to benefit from changes to the way NHS urgent care services are provided in the area.
From Monday, 2 October, Fleetwood Same Day Health Centre will offer both walk-in appointments and pre-booked appointments between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week.
There are also plans in place to introduce bookable appointments at Blackpool Walk-In Centre in Whitegate Drive in the coming months.
Urgent care services will work as a network across the Fylde coast. If one centre is particularly busy, patients will be directed to an alternative service where they can be seen quicker.
Patients will also be given alternative options if it is thought a different service would better suit their healthcare needs.
Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a GP in Thornton, said: “The services in Fleetwood and Whitegate Drive are open every day and can treat people of all ages. They can deal with many of the most common problems people often go to A&E for.
“People who have non-life-threatening ailments – such as strains or sprains, suspected broken limbs, minor head injuries, cuts and grazes, bites and stings – should go to one of these services if they are unable to make an appointment with their GP. If they are unsure they should call the free NHS111 helpline for advice.”
Further details of the urgent care services available can be found at www.whyaande.nhs.uk/urgentcare[/column]