The medical walk-in centre at Station Plaza in Hastings will be kept open, re-styled as a Primary Care Hub and offering from December an “advanced nurse-practitioner-led service”. That is how Jessica Britton, managing director of the Hastings & Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), described it to members of East Sussex County Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 26th September, confirming that the previous proposal to shut it down and move the facility to the Conquest Hospital has been reversed.
The centre will in its new guise close at 6.30pm each evening rather than, as currently, at 8pm. It is intended to provide greater “integrated services”, directing patients on, where appropriate, to community nursing units or the county council’s social care teams rather than to GP facilities.
Ms Britton said that most patients currently attending the walk-in centre are already registered with local GPs, but many come with concerns over benefits or housing issues, which had been diverting GPs away from other patients.
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