The Workington Primary Care Centre is adjusting the way it works in response to an increase in demand.
The service has been operating for two years and sees a range of patients. Workington Health Ltd which runs the service says it needs to make some changes to ensure patients are seen as quickly and appropriately as possible.
From Tuesday 3rd January 2017, there will be an increased number of ‘on the day’ appointments for people with illnesses who are registered with a Workington practice. These appointments can be booked on the day via your own Workington GP Surgery or at weekends via NHS111.
This means that all patients who feel unwell will be seen by appointment ONLY. Anyone who has suffered an injury will be still able to walk in for treatment.
Dr Phil Crosby said: “We see patients with illness who need to be seen urgently as well as people with injuries such as falls or cuts and suspected fractures. We have seen demand for our services increasing and now see around 1,000 patients each week.
“This means when we are busy that some people can wait a long time if they want to see a GP about an illness but don’t have an appointment. To address we are increasing the appointments for people registered with a Workington practice who feel unwell.
“People with injuries will still be able to access our service without an appointment.”
Don’t forget your local pharmacy can give free advice and treatment on a range of minor health problems such as coughs, colds, sore throats, nappy rashes, head lice, worms and heartburn.