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£1M Boost for Urgent Care Centre in Walsall

Opening of Walsall Urgent Care Centre

by Louise Gosling

Dozens of patients have been enjoying the new facilities at Walsall’s newly refurbished Urgent Care Centre.  The Centre, which was officially opened last month, has also received the seal of approval from local representatives.

The community site at Saddlers Centre in Bridgeman Street was officially opened on Thursday 28 January when members of Healthwatch, local MPs, GPs and patients attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion. Since it moved from its old location at Market Square on 20 January, patients have benefited from an improved waiting area, four consulting rooms, two treatment rooms and better disabled access.

Deidre Pedley, patient representative for Saddlers Health Centre, said: “The centre is very inviting, open and feels very airy. I particularly like the reception area, as it is in a private corner so much more discreet. The treatment rooms are large and well-equipped. Now we just need to make the people of Walsall aware that it’s an Urgent Care Centre and not a drop-in centre.”

NHS Property Services funded the £1m scheme and Capital Investment Manager, Paul Jones, added: “We delivered this centre in just three months. I’m very pleased we have been able to play such a quick, pivotal role and provide these first class facilities.”

Dr Amrik Gill, Chair of NHS Walsall CCG, who led the opening ceremony, said: “I am delighted to officially open this new centre, which offers much-improved facilities for local people. This project has been shaped by the views of the public, local GPs and partners to help improve urgent care services for the people of Walsall.”

More information about the centre can be found at www.walsallccg.nhs.uk