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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-12-02

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Hours changing at West Lancashire NHS Walk In Centres

THE opening hours of West Lancashire Health Centre and Skelmersdale Walk In Centre will change, from Monday, 5 December 2016.  West Lancashire Health Centre, which is at Ormskirk Hospital, will continue to open at 8am every day, but the last booking to see a nurse will now be 7.30pm, instead of 9pm.  Skelmersdale Walk In Centre, at The Concourse, will open an hour later, at 8am, with the last booking to see a nurse changing to 7.30pm, instead of 9pm, Monday to Friday. Weekend opening times of 9am to 5pm remain the same.

Location Times from Mon 5 December Times now
West Lancashire Health Centre
Ormskirk Hospital,
Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ
01695 588800
8am to 7.30pm (Mon-Sun) 8am to 9pm*
Skelmerdale Walk-in Centre
The Concourse
Skelmerdale, L39 2AZ
01695 588640
8am to 7.30pm (Mon-Fri)
9am to 5pm (Sat - Sun)
7am to 9pm*
* Note - closing times are last bookings to see a nurse

Interim Chief Executive Iain McInnes said:- "Through a combination of sickness and vacant posts we are unable to fill, the Trust has experienced a severe shortage of appropriate clinical staff at both Walk In Centres. We have had no alternative but to adapt the opening hours to fit the staff we have available and maintain a safe service for patients. We will, however, keep staffing under regular review. Only a very small number of patients choose to use these services in the late evening but I want to apologise to anyone who is inconvenienced."

Anyone who thinks they need medical help outside the walk In Centre opening hours should examine their options.  When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, call the NHS:- 111 service.

NHS:- 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

For more information please visit:- ExamineYourOptions.Info.


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