Walk-in centre could be moved to hospital site

Minor Illness and Injury Unit at the Peterborough City Care Centre ENGEMN00120130110142349
Minor Illness and Injury Unit at the Peterborough City Care Centre ENGEMN00120130110142349
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Heavy criticism has met plans to move a walk-in centre from the middle of Peterborough to the city hospital in Bretton.

City councillors are against seeing the Minor Injuries and Illness Unit (MIIU) move from Thorpe Road to alleviate congestion at the hospital’s Emergency Department.

They criticised a planned consultation by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to ask if the MIIU should be moved. The move would follow the closure of the Alma Road Primary Care Centre in March 2013.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Nick Sandford said: “If you move the walk-in centre to the hospital the traffic will be horrendous. Where it is now is not ideal but more convenient.”

Labour Cllr Mohammed Jamil said he was completely opposed to the idea, adding: “One of the main reasons people will strugge is transport links to the hospital are not very good. What the NHS should be looking at is advertising the service more.”

UKIP Cllr John Whitby said: “I think the unit should be where it is. We should be looking more at if it is providing the right service.”

The public were consulted on plans to move the MIIU to the hospital for its opening in 2010, but they overwhelmingly said the walk-in centre, as it was then officially called, should be within walking distance of the city centre.

A spokeswoman for the CCG said it was considering a proposal to relocate the MIIU. She added: “At the moment a large number of people go to A&E when they could have been treated at the unit. If people were able to access the unit in the same building, then they could be redirected which would leave A&E to deal with life threatening illnesses and injuries.”