Interim Re-opening of Walk In Services at Eastham Clinic
07 December 2017
NHS Wirral CCG and Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce the interim reopening of the Walk In Service at Eastham Clinic from Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
The Walk In Service will be open for four hours each day, seven days a week:
- 1.00pm-5.00pm Monday-Friday
- 12.00pm-4.00pm Saturday and Sunday
All other services provided from Eastham Clinic are unaffected.
The new opening hours will remain in operation until May 2018, by which time it is anticipated plans will be in place for the restoration of full operational hours.
NHS Wirral CCG and Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust remain committed to finding a way to restoring the full operational hours of the Walk In Service at Eastham Clinic.
NHS Wirral CCG and Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust have worked together to arrive at this temporary solution whilst recognising the issues faced by a limited clinical workforce and the need to sustain clinical streaming at the Arrowe Park Hospital Emergency Department.
This agreement between NHS Wirral CCG and Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust still supports the provision of clinical streaming at the Arrowe Park site.
NHS Wirral CCG and Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust have endeavoured to be responsive to resulting concerns and feedback received from Eastham residents and their elected representatives following the temporary suspension of the Walk In Service on 4th September 2017.
Both organisations will continue to work with the local community in the coming weeks.
Simon Banks, Chief Officer of NHS Wirral CCG said: “We have worked hard with our colleagues at Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust to find this interim solution, which will see the return of seven day access at Eastham Walk In Centre, within set hours. The interim opening hours reflect the fact that there are still staffing pressures to address, but we remain committed to working with Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust to return Eastham Walk in Centre to full operational hours. I thank the public for their patience, and can assure them that we will continue to work with the local community and listen to feedback.”
Karen Howell, Chief Executive of Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am pleased that by working together with colleagues at Wirral CCG we are now in a position to reopen walk-in centre services on an interim basis to the people of Eastham, whilst we work on fully restoring the service. Our role as a trust is to provide health and care to people in their community, making sure they have the services they need, and our walk-in centre services are a vital part of that. We will continue to work in partnership Wirral CCG, listening to our patients, their families and local people to inform the provision of high quality person-centred care in Wirral.”