Walk-in services to continue for another year

Patients will be able to continue to access walk-in health services at a Todmorden practice for another year - but only at weekends and bank holidays.

NHS Calderdale has commissioned interim walk-in services at Calder Community Practice, based at Todmorden Health Centre, which will be available on weekends and bank holidays from 8am to 8pm.

NHS Calderdale said this provides an opportunity to keep walk-in services for up to a year while the ongoing work continues to find the best way of providing fit for purpose unplanned care services for residents in the future.

The new arrangements have come into effect this week, but have received criticism from patients who feel there should be access during the week.

A spokesman for NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “In line with discussions with local councillors, the new interim walk-in service will be available at weekends and bank holidays.

“Additionally, out of hours (evening and weekends) GP services will continue to be available to all Calderdale residents, by calling NHS 111. In a life-threatening emergency, people should ring 999.

“The CCG is committed to ensuring the services we provide the best and most suitable care for our patients. In line with these aims, we are working towards establishing fit-for-purpose unplanned care services for the future – and the walk-in service will be in place for up to one year while we continue with this work.”

The service will be run by Locala Community Partnerships and is available to any member of the public for non-life threatening ailments.

One patient, who did not wish to be named, was worried what would happen if people turned up during the week and needed to see someone.

But Amanda Thomas, of Locala, reassured patients that they would be able to see a GP on the same day.

Josh Fenton-Glynn, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley, who has campaigned on the importance of saving walk-in provision in Todmorden, said: “The most important thing is that there is a service.

“I think it’s important that we protect the service that we have and try to push to increase it so that it’s something most people in Todmorden are happy with.”