Peterborough’s walk-in centre to open near city hospital this summer
The relocation of Peterborough’s Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) and GP out of hours service from the City Care Centre in Thorpe Road to Peterborough City Hospital is set to be finished by June 30.
The UTC will be located next to the Emergency Department at Peterborough City Hospital. Reconfiguration works have now begun, coinciding with other building works taking place within the hospital to help minimise disruption.
Moving the services will bring together all urgent and emergency care services in the Peterborough area, although the relocation has proved controversial after it was sanctioned despite a public consultation where the majority of respondents called for the UTC to remain where it is.
One the move is finalised the UTC will continue to cover a full range of injuries and illnesses with access to diagnostics, such as X-rays and scans. Opening hours will remain the same (8am–8pm, seven days a week) with patients able to book an appointment by calling NHS 111 or by walking in.
Dr Athar Yasin, clinical lead for emergency medicine at the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Peterborough City Hospital, said “It’s great to see work underway on relocating the Urgent Treatment Centre to Peterborough City Hospital.
“We want to ensure patients have access to the right services at the right time, and by having this service on site it means we can provide a one-stop-shop for all urgent and emergency health care needs.
“By contacting 111 first patients can help us help you to be directed to the right service for your illness or injury. It will also help to prevent patients having to wait a long time to be seen and avoid services becoming overcrowded.”
The City Care Centre will remain open with all other services continuing, including hosting the Covid-19 mass vaccination clinic.