New Urgent Treatment Centre for Rugby given go ahead for Rugby from Tuesday 1 October 2019

Rugby Urgent Care Centre has been given the go ahead to become one of the new Urgent Treatment Centres from Tuesday 1 October 2019.   This is part of a new national initiative to standardise and improve the care offered in non-life threatening situations, as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. 

 

The local NHS is making it easier for people in Warwickshire to access urgent treatment and receive the best possible care for their needs in non-life threatening situations.  Patients have said they find choosing the right service in urgent situations too confusing, often not knowing whether to access walk-in centres, urgent care centres or minor injuries units. The NHS is responding to this feedback and making it easier by introducing Urgent Treatment Centres, which will provide same day access for urgent, non-life threatening care, such as minor injuries or illnesses.

 

Locally, both the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby and George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton have been given the go ahead to develop Urgent Treatment Centres, which will replace the Urgent Care Centres currently operating at each location. The new Urgent Treatment Centres will offer appointment bookings via NHS 111 in addition to the normal walk in appointments, giving local patients more convenient ways to access urgent care when they need it most.

 

Urgent Treatment Centres are being introduced across England to standardise and improve the care offered in non-life threatening urgent situations, as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. All Urgent Treatment Centres across England will need to meet the same criteria and offer the same services, including being required to open for at least 12 hours a day, every day of the year, including bank holidays. This means that patients can be assured of a standardised set of services, wherever they are in the country.  The current opening hours will not alter at either of the above sites. These sites will retain walk-in access, in addition to the ability to book appointments via NHS 111.

 

Dr Rob Simpson, Emergency Medicine Clinical Group Director for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said “We are delighted that Rugby Urgent Care Centre has been approved to become Rugby Urgent Treatment Centre.  We have a large single Emergency Care Practitioner team that works across both sites of University Hospital Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross Rugby so patients can be assured of the quality of the skills and expertise of those treating them as well as knowing the staff can access wider specialist support when it is needed.  The service will continue to be open 24 hours a day all year round including bank holidays providing advice on sprains, suspected broken limbs and other minor injuries.  We will be working closely with colleagues in primary care to deliver this service”.


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