The official opening of Loughborough Urgent Care Centre has been carried out by local MP Nicky Morgan, ahead of a busy Bank Holiday weekend, which saw the service used by 436 patients.
Among those attending Friday’s (24 May) launch at Loughborough Community Hospital were patient representative groups, councillors, members of voluntary and support organisations, East Midlands Ambulance Service, staff and others who have played a key role in helping to shape services provided by the new centre.
Ms Morgan welcomed the new development on behalf of the local community, saying: “I think Loughborough’s new urgent care centre has an important role to play in ensuring local residents are treated in the most appropriate setting, particularly when we are all aware of the pressure on our A&E services. I shall be monitoring the centre’s development with great interest and recognise the hard work of all the staff working there to get the centre up and running.”
Dr Nick Willmott, from West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (WL CCG) which commissions the service, said: “We are working closely with the centre’s healthcare provider, Central Notts Clinical Services (CNCS), to ensure that services are of the highest quality and we will constantly review them to ensure that they are meeting the needs of the local community.”
Anita Dixon, chief executive officer of CNCS, added: “CNCS is proud to be providing the highest quality and standard to meet local patient needs at the urgent care centre and will continue to work in partnership with local GPs.”
The urgent care centre – which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – saw 3,311 patients during April and has dealt with a range of urgent care cases, including resuscitating a patient in the car park and dealing with a child with a broken arm.