Urgent care review presents great opportunity to expand services at Yate Health Centre

South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats have welcomed an NHS initiative to review how urgent care services are delivered across our area and are lobbying for Yate Minor Injuries Unit to be upgraded to an Urgent Treatment Centre, with a greater range of services.

Lib Dem councillor for Yate Central, Sue Walker said: “The staff at the Yate Health Centre provide a good service with the resources they have available, but they are currently only equipped to deal with minor injuries. The local NHS’s review of urgent care presents an excellent opportunity to expand the range of services available at Yate, to give patients a full walk-in service for ailments as well as for minor injuries.”

Lib Dem Health Spokesperson, Cllr Sue Hope, said: “At Wednesday’s Health Scrutiny meeting I asked the CCG’s South Gloucestershire Director, David Jarrett, whether Yate Heath Centre was in line to be upgraded to an Urgent Treatment Centre. His response was that local health managers are currently considering locations but that no decisions have yet been made. We will continue to lobby for Yate to be upgraded.”

Lib Dem councillor for Yate Central, Ruth Davis, said: “It’s good that local health managers have acknowledged that the current way health services are provided can be confusing for residents. Staff at Yate MIU have recently improved information about which services are, and are not, provided there. But it would be far better to increase the range of services available, rather than having to turn people away. The Health Centre is a popular and accessible facility, so it would make sense to make fuller use of it by turning it into an Urgent Treatment Centre.”

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