Walsall Walk-in Centre - have you had your say?

Last updated: 01/08/2014 11:06:17


Health watchdogs in Walsall are urging residents of all ages to have their say on urgent care services - as the August deadline for feedback fast approaches.

Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a review of urgent care services in May this year and have held drop-in events and online consultation opportunities over the summer.

The CCG has been asking people about the short and long term future of these services and has set out three options for the immediate future of the Walk-in Centre, which must be relocated by April 2015.

These are:

Move Walsall Walk-in Centre to a new town centre location

Move Walsall Walk-in Centre to a location in the North of the borough

Move Walsall Walk-in Centre and combine it with the Urgent Care Centre which is at the Manor Hospital

The consultation also covers Walsall CCG's long term plans for the future of the urgent and emergency care system over the next three to five years.

Walsall Council's health and social care scrutiny panel received an update on the number of consultation responses received so far, at its last meeting, and members were told more than 1,500 had taken part so far.

Panel chair, Councillor Marco Longhi, reiterated the importance of reaching as many people as possible.

He said: "Not many people have responded to the consultation considering the number of households there are in Walsall.

"This is really important and we need to remind residents that they still have time to have their say."

Details of how to take part can be found on the Walsall CCG website www.walsallccg.nhs.uk/urgentcare and consultation closes on Thursday 14 August 2014.

The decision for the short and longer term will be made by the CCG Governing Body on 4 September 2014, taking into account feedback from the public consultation, finance and affordability of the proposals.

A progress report will be discussed by the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel and Health and Wellbeing Board in September 2014.