1st April 2011
The Walk-in Centre in Sheffield has moved from its previous address at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital to the Sheffield City GP Health Centre on Broad Lane.
The new service called the NHS Walk in Centre will be open even longer from 8am to 10pm, 365 days a year.
Members of the public can walk-in as an unregistered patient and see a GP or a nurse without an appointment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments.
The Minor Injuries Unit will remain at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital to treat adults with minor sprains, cuts, bruises and minor burns. Children with minor injuries should continue to go to Sheffield Children’s Hospital A&E department for treatment.
Daniel Mason, lead in unscheduled care at NHS Sheffield, said:
“The new NHS Walk-in Centre based at Broad Lane will be easier to get to and open longer to meet more patients’ needs in Sheffield.
“The bigger, better service will be run by highly skilled health professionals offering a range of treatments, and who can also offer prescriptions.
“On average you should be seen and treated by a GP or nurse within an hour.”
A further advantage of the new service and its city centre location is its close proximity to car parking facilities, the Q-Park off Rockingham Street, public transport links and the drop-off point which is available outside the centre.
When Bobby Shaheen from Nether Edge suffered an infected bite on his leg he chose the Walk-in Centre on Broad Lane for his primary health care treatment. He said:
“At first I went to the pharmacist to seek advice and he told me I needed to see a GP or nurse that day. As I was on my way home from work and in the city centre anyway I decided the best place to go to be seen quickly was the Walk in Centre on Broad Lane.
“The service I received was quick, re-assuring and very helpful and I was on my way home again in no time at all.”
Mr Shaheen received medical treatment for his infected bite and was given antibiotics to fight the infection. He has now made a full recovery.