Loughborough Urgent Care Centre has further developed its services and extended the hours in which patients can access doctors with a special interest in emergency medicine.
There are now doctors with a special interest in emergency medicine on duty from 9am to 10pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 10pm at weekends. These doctors will also be on duty during Bank Holiday periods, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. This is in addition to the emergency care practitioners and emergency nurse practitioners who are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Outside of those hours, those who need to see a doctor will still be able to do with one of the doctors on call.
The Loughborough Urgent Care Centre already offers a wide range of services targeted at patients who need immediate medical care for injuries or illnesses, but are not suffering from a life threatening emergency. These injuries could include broken bones, which can be x-rayed on site as well as set in cast if necessary, dislocations and sprains, or wounds which require stitches.
Many illnesses can be treated as well. The Urgent Care Centre can also provide a wide range of blood tests on the premises, offering immediate results for the clinicians to support their decision making for treatments and for appropriate onward referral to community services. GPs can now refer their patients for further tests at the urgent care centre on a range of conditions including pneumonia, congestive heart failure, dehydration and asthma related conditions. People who visit the Urgent Care Centre do not need an appointment and the centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dr. Peter Cannon, GP Clinical lead and a GP in Loughborough said, “Loughborough Urgent Care Centre continues to go from strength to strength in helping the people of Loughborough stay well. Extending the hours in which people can access doctors who specialise in emergency medicine means that the centre will be able to treat even more people with urgent care needs.
People are often not aware of the range of illnesses and injuries which Loughborough Urgent Care Centre can treat. Ambulances can take people to the urgent care centre for some conditions, allowing them to still receive the urgent medical attention they need, but remain closer to home.”
Dr Sarah Hull, CNCS Medical Director said, “We are delighted with how well Loughborough Urgent Care Centre is performing and this is a credit to the dedicated staff on site. The expansion of the service is great news for the public – giving patients far greater access to specialist advice and care through extended doctor hours, and an even wider range of needs being met such as Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Diabetic Emergencies.
“We already receive a significant amount of referrals from a wide range of services ranging from local GPs, NHS 111 and community services, and other providers - and we also aim to increase these even further.
“The actions we have taken, with the hard work of our staff, will play a vital role in keeping patients in the community, enabling them to receive comprehensive assessments, diagnostics, treatment and importantly, the appropriate follow up care needed to maintain good health. In the midst of winter, it is innovations like these that will make the extra difference to patient care in the area.”
 Near patient blood testing includes; BNP, C-Reactive Protein, D-Dimer, Troponin, INR, FBC, blood gases, full range of U&Es and liver function tests offering immediate results for the clinicians to support their decision making