A new Urgent Care Centre (UCC) based at the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton has opened today (1st April).
The centre is based at the hospital’s new £38 million Accident and Emergency unit (A&E) which opened its doors to patients in November last year.
West Midlands Doctors Urgent Care (WDUC), which also runs the West Midlands 111 service, will run the service after being appointed by the Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group. WDUC will also run a GP out-of-hours service as part of the contract.
The opening of the UCC is part of ongoing efforts to improve access to urgent care and emergency services for the people of Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas and it is within national recommendations on combined urgent and emergency care.
John Harrison, chief executive of WDUC, commented: "We are delighted to have opened an urgent care centre at the New Cross Hospital and look forward to welcoming patients to the new facility. Integrating urgent care services in Wolverhampton under one roof is a positive step for patients in the area. Our aim is to reduce the burden on A&E services by delivering urgent care to patients when they need it, freeing up emergency departments for life threatening cases."
Jonathan Odum, medical director for the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT), which runs New Cross Hospital, said: "The opening of the UCC as part of the new A&E was always part of the vision of the Wolverhampton Urgent and Emergency Care strategy and is an important part of the delivery of emergency and urgent care for the people we serve.
"We are very much looking forward to working with our partners and delivering high quality, safe care to every single one of our patients."