Consultation starts on changes at health centre

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CONSULTATION has begun over the future of a health centre in Shiremoor.

The walk-in service at Shiremoor Health Resource Centre, opened in 2005, was originally intended to help reduce the number of patients going to A&E with illnesses and minor injuries that could be treated by highly skilled nurses.

But information has shown those attending have health conditions which do not need hospital treatment and could be carried out by a GP.

A consultation by NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in conjunction with NHS North of Tyne, will look at potential changes.

Among the changes are to move the nurses to a specialist Admission Avoidance Resource Team also based at the centre.

The consultation will run until March 15 next year, with residents being invited to have their say by letter, online or at two public meetings at West Allotment Social Club on January 21 and February 18, both from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Dr John Matthews, clinical chair (designate) of NHS North Tyneside CCG, said: “We want to know people’s views on this which is why we are consulting on the proposal.”

A confidential questionnaire can be completed online at www.northtynesideccg.nhs.uk or www.northoftyne.nhs.uk. A paper version can be requested from contactus@northoftyne.nhs.uk or by contacting (0191) 217 2599.

Alternatively, comments can be sent to Freepost RRYY-HGHX-TESR, NHS North of Tyne, Shiremoor consultation, 1 Esh Plaza, Sir Bobby Robson Way, Newcastle, NE13 9BA.

There are no plans to change the walk-in services for children at Shiremoor.