Woking Walk In Centre under threat

February 8, 2020 10:02 PM
By Cllr Will Forster
Will Forster supporting NHS hospital in Woking

Will Forster supporting Woking Walk in Centre

NHS bosses are looking at plans that could involve the closure of the Walk In Centre at Woking Community Hospital.

Woking's Walk In Centre is currently open 8 am to 8 pm 7 days a week and provides a vital service to local people. The Walk In Centre is useful when patients cannot see their GP soon enough and helps reduce the burden on Hospital A&E Departments.

Despite this NHS bosses are consulting on plans to change Walk In Centres across much of Surrey including the option of closing Woking's Walk In Centre. They want to move away from nurse led services like Walk In Centres and move instead towards doctor led services despite the shortage of doctors.

Will Forster said, "The Lib Dems oppose these plans we want to keep Woking's Walk in Centres open. In the recent election we wanted to put a penny on Income Tax which would raise £6 billion a year for the NHS and would stop the need for cuts."

"With all the development taking place in Woking it would be foolish to close our key NHS facility. It is difficult to travel either by public or private transport to get to St Peter's. Woking's Walk In Centre is a vital service to local people."

"I really encourage local people to respond to the public consultation and urge the NHS to commit to keeping Woking's Walk In Centre open. Please respond here: https://www.nwsurreyccg.nhs.uk/news/latest-news/329-give-your-views-on-possible-changes-to-nhs-walk-in-services-in-north-west-surrey".