Loughborough NHS walk-in centre closure 'will put patients at risk'

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Nurses and trade unions have warned closing the Loughborough NHS walk-in centre will have a negative effect on patients and waiting times.

The site in Pinfold Gate closed on Tuesday night and will be replaced by a new unit at Loughborough Hospital.

Nurse Zoe Gilbert is worried the new facility will struggle to operate with a third less nursing staff.

The West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) argued treating patients would now be easier.

'Extremely dangerous'

Ms Gilbert said: "Staff said moving wasn't an issue but if a third of staff are potentially going to be made redundant we don't see how patients are going to be safe.

"This is going to be extremely dangerous for patients and staff. I don't understand how you can provide a quality, safe service by reducing staff that much."

The Royal College of Nurses and Unison said fewer nurses will mean longer waits for patients and a poorer service.

Nurse and union representative, Sue Halford said: "Now the proposed staffing and rota arrangements are known, we are anxious there will simply not be sufficient capacity to deliver good quality care to every patient."

The CCG says the move to a £1.5m new urgent care unit will provide better access to x-ray facilities and will make transferring patients to A & E easier.

"We have given careful consideration to the needs of patients. We are going to provide the best possible service that we can," said Dr Nick Wilmott.

"We certainly don't feel there is going to be any compromise in the service. We have got an excellent team of nurses who have come from the walk-in centre to work at the new facility."

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