NHS bosses in talks to keep Wakefield’s walk-in centre open

New walk in centre, King Street, Wakefield
New walk in centre, King Street, Wakefield

Talks are continuing to secure the future of Wakefield’s NHS walk-in centre as a five-year contract to run the service is due to end.

Fears were raised last November that the King Street centre could close when district NHS commissioners launched a consultation over its future.

A five-year contract with Local Care Direct to run the service, which is open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week and treats people who are not registered with a GP, ends at the end of May.

And a new deal to retain the service, where people can see a GP or nurse without an appointment, has not yet been signed.

Phil Earnshaw, chairman of NHS Wakefield Clinical Commission Group, said the centre was part of plans to treat more patients outside hospitals to ease pressure on A&E services.

Dr Earnshaw said: “We are in negotiations. Our intention is to keep it open.

“A seven-day walk-in service is absolutely part of the plan.”

King Street Health centre houses the walk-in service and a separate GP practice.