Burnley's new urgent care centre 'fantastic'

THE ‘fantastic’ new urgent care centre at Burnley General Hospital will open to the public on Tuesday.

As well as the modern walk-in centre, the £9million facility will also house a children’s minor illnesses unit and GP out-of-hours doctors.

However, bosses stressed it is not a replacement for the old A&E ward, which was controversially closed in 2007, meaning emergency patients must travel to Blackburn.

The new facility replaces the ‘old and tired’ urgent care centre (UCC) on the Casterton Road side of the Burnley site, which will now be mothballed before a possible sale.

The GP service is being transferred from the St Peter’s Centre.

Martin Morgan, director of estates at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), said: “This brings urgent care into the better, more modern part of the site. Compared to what we’ve got now it’s fabulous.”

Vanessa Hollings, divisional general manager for family care, said: “Our teams just can’t wait to get into this building. It makes much more sense for the GP out-of-hours service to be co-located here, as there will be less confusion for patients about where to go, and the paediatric staff will be in shouting distance of urgent care.

“And hopefully the flow of patients going through will be much better. “But there will be no blue light ambulances coming here, as any patient needing emergency care has to go to Blackburn.”

Mr Morgan said Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle had been instrumental in securing government funding for the project, which means ELHT did not have to borrow money.

Mr Birtwistle said: “We got sold down the river when the old A&E unit got centralised at Blackburn and nothing will redeem that decision, but I think this still a fantastic facility.

“It took a lot of extremely hard work and lobbying with the former health secretary Andrew Lansley, and I was able to get Danny Alexander to sign it off at the treasury.

“Tuesday will be another brilliant day for Burnley.”

The first floor of the building will house a Child Development Centre, for children with complex needs and disabilities.

The UCC can provide treatment for any illnesses or injuries which aren’t life threatening, but still need treating quickly such as minor head injuries, suspected broken bones and fractures, sprains, cuts and scrapes, bites, eye problems and rising temperatures.

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3:29pm Sun 26 Jan 14

mavrick says...

Still no A&E In Burnley the con goes on, A few crumbs from the table of the privatisers to keep the masses quiet.
Still no A&E In Burnley the con goes on, A few crumbs from the table of the privatisers to keep the masses quiet. mavrick
  • Score: 23

3:58pm Sun 26 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

Please can somebody define the difference between 'urgent' and 'emergency' and explain how patients are supposed to tell the difference when they're in pain.
Please can somebody define the difference between 'urgent' and 'emergency' and explain how patients are supposed to tell the difference when they're in pain. happycyclist
  • Score: 13

4:17pm Sun 26 Jan 14

martra1964 says...

Does that mean the maternity unit will come back to Blackburn?.
Does that mean the maternity unit will come back to Blackburn?. martra1964
  • Score: 4

5:32pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Pinky&theBrain says...

So when were they going to tell the public the St Peters service was closing.
Is there not supposed to be public consultation about moving services?
So when were they going to tell the public the St Peters service was closing. Is there not supposed to be public consultation about moving services? Pinky&theBrain
  • Score: 11

6:00pm Sun 26 Jan 14

POW WOW says...

Surely it's up to the general public to tell us whether it's fantastic or not !!!!!! Not those jumped up bigots trying to sell ice to eskimos !!!!!! A better idea and start would be to get the public to pay for prebooked operations/ consultations with a returnable deposit so non are cancelled/missed wasting NHS resources/time. There are way's to obtain money...... even the penniless criminal pays fine cause the law finds them a way to do so and why this sort of payment structure can't work in the health sector boggles me !!!!!!!!!!
Surely it's up to the general public to tell us whether it's fantastic or not !!!!!! Not those jumped up bigots trying to sell ice to eskimos !!!!!! A better idea and start would be to get the public to pay for prebooked operations/ consultations with a returnable deposit so non are cancelled/missed wasting NHS resources/time. There are way's to obtain money...... even the penniless criminal pays fine cause the law finds them a way to do so and why this sort of payment structure can't work in the health sector boggles me !!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: -9

9:14pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Mister Red says...

happycyclist wrote:
Please can somebody define the difference between 'urgent' and 'emergency' and explain how patients are supposed to tell the difference when they're in pain.
urgent means requiring immediate attention but not life threatening.Emergenc
y means life threatening.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Please can somebody define the difference between 'urgent' and 'emergency' and explain how patients are supposed to tell the difference when they're in pain.[/p][/quote]urgent means requiring immediate attention but not life threatening.Emergenc y means life threatening. Mister Red
  • Score: 2

11:29pm Sun 26 Jan 14

hunter3062 says...

hmmm so still no directions to this new unit..old unit to be sold off to whom??whats this a new kebab shop ..who the hell buys part of a hospital?oh well lets see how many of our freinds from across the waters can clog it up the first night..
hmmm so still no directions to this new unit..old unit to be sold off to whom??whats this a new kebab shop ..who the hell buys part of a hospital?oh well lets see how many of our freinds from across the waters can clog it up the first night.. hunter3062
  • Score: 1

5:19am Mon 27 Jan 14

Timefor says...

Sounds to me like it's "fantastic" if there's nothing seriously wrong with you. Otherwise, you can pop your clogs whilst trying to get to somewhere that will try to help you.
Sounds to me like it's "fantastic" if there's nothing seriously wrong with you. Otherwise, you can pop your clogs whilst trying to get to somewhere that will try to help you. Timefor
  • Score: 1

12:11pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Sir Bill Taylor says...

This appears to be a reasonable way forward. Hope it's not a political expedient & was decided on clinical criteria.

Worries are that people may turn up at the wrong place & people will turn up when a day in bed, a headache tablet or a plaster would have done.

I understand 40% of people who waste NHS time by turning up at hospitals, leave requiring no attention at all.

This deflects from those who genuinely need seeing!
This appears to be a reasonable way forward. Hope it's not a political expedient & was decided on clinical criteria. Worries are that people may turn up at the wrong place & people will turn up when a day in bed, a headache tablet or a plaster would have done. I understand 40% of people who waste NHS time by turning up at hospitals, leave requiring no attention at all. This deflects from those who genuinely need seeing! Sir Bill Taylor
  • Score: 1

12:53pm Mon 27 Jan 14

leyton says...

The GP service is being transferred from the St Peter’s Centre.does that mean i now have toouse this because my doctor is moving and no-one told us ???
The GP service is being transferred from the St Peter’s Centre.does that mean i now have toouse this because my doctor is moving and no-one told us ??? leyton
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