Plan to close Derby NHS walk-in centre

One of Derby's two NHS walk-in centres could be closed to save money, just two years after it opened.

The Open Access centre in Normanton was opened in 2009 to work alongside an existing facility at the London Road Community Hospital.

The aim was to cut waiting times for seeing a GP and getting treatment.

Now NHS Derby City says it had extended surgery times and with budgets being tightened there was too much overlap in capacity between the services.

Although details of how much the centres cost to build are classed as commercially confidential, the primary care trust pays a private company £1.4m a year to run them.

The trust added it expected about 52,000 people to use the London Road Community Hospital centre this year, and about 42,000 to use the Open Access centre.

A spokesman said: "With the significant financial challenges facing the NHS over the coming five years, NHS Derby City needs to ensure that services are organised in in a way which reduces duplication and overlap but is just as, or more, effective."

A consultation on the changes had been launched but the trust said closing the open access centre was the "preferred option".

The consultation will end on 31 March.

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