Accrington Victoria walk-in centre decision deferred

Accrington Victoria Health Access Centre Dr Di van Ruitenbeek, chair of the ELCCG says it recognises the benefits of the service

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The decision on closing a walk-in centre in Lancashire has been deferred by the health trust that runs it.

Accrington Victoria Health Access Centre's future is under review and its current contract expires next October

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group said at a public meeting it needs more information and it will reconsider the centre's future in the New Year.

Claire Pritchard, Hyndburn Council deputy leader, who is fighting to save it said it was a small step to victory.

"It is a step in the right direction," she said.

Earlier this month, campaigners against the closure of the centre staged a candlelit vigil.

Vigil organiser Milnshaw councillor Paul Cox said shutting it would be a "disgrace" as it was "massively used".

Chair of East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (ELCCG) Dr Di van Ruitenbeek, said previously: "We do recognise the usefulness and local benefits of the walk-in service."

The centre was attended almost 35,000 times between October last year and September, the ELCCG said.

The walk-in centre is open daily to patients between 08:00 and 20:30.

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