December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A walk-in health centre in the heart of Norwich will have its opening hours extended this bank holiday weekend as part of a trial.
Staff at the Timber Hill Health Centre, which is based in Castle Mall, will be available to see patients up until 2am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The NHS-run facility, which is usually open seven days a week between 7am and 9pm, will extend its opening hours for the first time to cope with a predicted increase in demand for health services over the long weekend.
The health centre, which opened three years ago, is staffed by experienced nurse practitioners, supported by a GP, who can treat minor illnesses and injuries.
The walk-in centre will be open between 7am and 2am over the bank holiday, but its hours could be extended again if the trial proves successful.
Dr Cath Robinson, member of the Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “For most of us, minor injuries and illnesses can be treated using our own medicines cabinet at home or by taking advice from our local community pharmacist. The walk-in centre is an option if you cannot treat your problem yourself.”
“And we are very pleased that Timber Hill Health Centre has agreed to extend its opening hours to 2am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the bank holiday.”
The contract for the walk-in centre is set to expire in 2014. However, officials from Norwich CCG reassured patients earlier this year that its future was not at risk. Decisions over whether to expand the centre may hinge upon a possible redesign of the Accident and Emergency department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
More than 74,000 patients were seen at the facility, operated by Norwich Practices Ltd last year, which is also a registered GP practice.