May 17, 2023

Walk in service to be discussed at local Partnership Committee Meeting

King Street Walk In Centre in Wakefield
King Street Walk In Centre in Wakefield

A proposal to move the walk in service, based on King Street, to a new location in the city centre is to be discussed at a meeting this month.

The relocation proposal will be discussed at the Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership’s committee meeting at St Swithun’s Community Centre, Eastmoor, on Tuesday 23 May. The meeting is held in public, which means anyone can attend and listen to the discussion.

The district’s walk in service is commissioned by Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership and delivered by Local Care Direct (LCD) from the walk in centre on King Street, Wakefield.

The lease on the existing building comes to an end in June 2024.

The walk in service has been under review since 2022 to make sure that the local NHS is offering the services that meet the needs of local people and make best use of workforce and public funds.

Public engagement specifically to seek views on walk-in and urgent care services in Wakefield was carried out between November 2021 and January 2022. Feedback was gathered from people about what they valued about urgent care services, including ease of access by car or public transport, being seen on the same day and good links to other services.

Jo Webster, Accountable Officer for the Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership, said: “The walk in service is an important part of the urgent care provision across the district. We know that a walk in service in a safe location, accessible via public transport and with parking close by is important to local people so we will make sure this is taken into account as we look for suitable premises. We have a contract with Local Care Direct until March 2025, to ensure that the service continues to operate whilst the work takes place to relocate the service within the city centre.”

The walk in service is a nurse-led service, open seven days a week, 365 days a year, between the hours of 10am and 10pm.

The service has a dedicated team of experienced clinicians including advanced nurse practitioners who can assess, diagnose and treat a range of minor illnesses and injuries, including:

  • ear, nose and throat problems
  • sprains and strains
  • wound infections
  • minor burns and scalds
  • minor head injuries
  • skin conditions
  • minor respiratory conditions
  • mild abdominal pain or discomfort
  • insect and animal bites and stings
  • minor eye problems
  • minor injuries to the back, shoulder and chest
  • wound dressings
  • emergency contraception

The service is open for anyone over the age of six months who needs same-day care.

The proposal will be heard at the Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership (WDHCP) Committee meeting at St Swithun’s Community Centre, Eastmoor on Tuesday 23 May, 2.20pm to 5pm. More information about the meeting, including the agenda and meeting papers, is available on the WDHCP website:

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