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New urgent care centre opened at Barnet Hospital
A new urgent care centre has been set up at Barnet Hospital to treat people with non life-threatening illnesses.
People who need medical treatment or advice will be able to attend the Urgent Care Centre (UCCs) in Wellhouse Lane, High Barnet, without making an appointment.
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust has also opened a UCC at Chase Farm Hospital in The Ridgeway, Enfield, with the hope it will take pressure off accident and emergency departments.
In September, Enfield, Barnet and Haringey clinical care commissioning groups agreed to close Chase Farm Hospital’s A&E department and maternity wards “as soon as possible” after November 15 in favour of moving the services to Barnet and North Middlesex hospitals.
When people attend a UCC, an assessment will be carried out and if needed, they will be transferred to an A&E department.
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust Director of Clinical Strategy, Cathy Geddes, said: “The opening of these UCCs shows there is a determination to provide the very best services possible for everyone living in the area. There is no need to book an appointment, people can simply turn up and will be seen by either a doctor or nurse.
“However, they are for patients with urgent care needs. Those who attend A&E or the new UCCs with minor illnesses or injuries will be sent back to their GPs or an appointment made for them. The UCCs are part of a raft of changes aimed at ensuring people in the area receive the right treatment at the right place and the right time.”
The Trust said evidence shows more than 40 per cent of patients coming to Barnet or Chase Farm hospitals A&E departments do not need emergency care, but can be treated in a UCC.
The UCCs are staffed by doctors and nurse practitioners who have access to the same diagnostics as A&E including X-rays and blood tests.
There is also a GP out-of-hours service available when the UCCs are closed, which can be contacted by calling 111.
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