Health bosses to Crawley Health Centre in September

Walk-in services are set to move to Crawley Hospital
Walk-in services are set to move to Crawley Hospital

Health bosses have announced Crawley Health Centre is closing in September 2015 – with registered patients being forced to move to other GP practices.

Plans to move walk-in services to Crawley Hospital have been approved by NHS England, in a bid to ‘make better use of NHS resources’.

Patients registered at the centre in Haslett Avenue West will have to find another practise when the contract expires in September.

A spokesman for NHS England said: “Patients will be able to access walk-in services from one central place at the Crawley Hospital Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) from 30 September 2015.

“The UTC will offer services for a greater range of minor illnesses and injuries 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

NHS Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for commissioning urgent care, said it will ‘continue to strengthen and develop services at Crawley Hospital’, including a specialist children’s service and an extended reception area and waiting room. NHS England South (South East) Director of Commissioning Operations said: “We have taken action to ensure patients have ongoing access to services following the end of the Crawley Health Centre contract and we have taken their feedback into account in doing so.

“Reinvesting funding to support walk-in services in one location and to support care for patients at other local GP practices will make the best use of available NHS resources for the benefit of the community.”

NHS Crawley CCG Chairman, Alan Kennedy, said: “We want to thank the hundreds of local people who contributed their views and feedback to the proposals for the future of urgent care walk-in services in the town”.

“Patient views are important in ensuring we plan NHS services that work for our local community and we have some really positive and practical feedback that we have already taken action on, including children’s care and car parking at the hospital.”

A spokesman for NHS England said: “Due to the relatively small number of patients registered at Crawley Health Centre, it will not be sustainable as a stand-alone GP practice once the current contract ends.”

Patients are being sent a letter about how they can register with a new GP practice.

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