Save Lincoln's only Walk-in-Centre from closure by short-sighted Lincolnshire West CCG
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Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group has started a process to close the Walk-in-Centre on Monks Road, the only such facility in Lincoln and county. We must not let this happen.
The CCG say that they intend to replace it with other services such as enhancing the NHS 111 service and increasing opening hours at GP nearby surgeries instead. Full details are reported here on The Lincolnite.
We can't let the Lincoln Walk-in-Centre close. A city the size of Lincoln needs more vital services, not the closure of the only service of its type for more than 100,000 people in the city and surrounding villages.
The NHS 111 service is very poor, almost always suggesting making an appointment with your GP unless its an emergency — and we all know the process for booking an appointment with your GP is almost impossible unless you're prepared to call dozens of times at 7:59am and are then forced to negotiate with the receptionist to get an appointment within the next fortnight.
The proposed alternatives put forward in replacement of the Walk-in-Centre are woefully inadequate, especially considering the number of users who rely on this service, as the only viable alternative to waiting weeks to see their own GP.
Access to a GP should be a right not a privilege and with several local GP practices having already been closed in the Lincoln area in the past few years, this goes a step too far.
The closure of the Lincoln Walk-in Centre will also put extra pressure on the already-streched A&E department at Lincoln County Hospital, which has not reached its waiting times targets for several years and is still severely understaffed. The overnight closure of the Grantham A&E department has made things even worse for Lincoln County.
We need to let Lincolnshire West CCG know that the lives of our community are more important than a quick win on achieving their targeted savings.
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