Wiltshire

Urgent care centre plans for Devizes revealed

Marshall Road, Devizes Image copyright Google
Image caption The new treatment centre will be based at the edge of Devizes

Health bosses have announced plans to build an urgent care centre in a Wiltshire town after a minor injuries unit closed there in 2007.

If the proposals are accepted the new centre would be built next to Devizes NHS Treatment Centre in Marshall Road.

The move comes after a long-running campaign by residents and the town's MP Conservative, Claire Perry.

Ms Perry said: "At last the people of Devizes will have the local healthcare services that they need."

If approved, patients will be able to turn up and wait to see someone to treat minor injuries and illness between 08:00 and 21:00 seven days a week.

Some services, such as X-rays, could also be shared between the existing treatment centre and the new unit.

The BBC understands the old Devizes Community Hospital site would have to be sold to help raise money needed to build the new unit.

The proposals will be launched at the Devizes Area board meeting on 23 November.

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