Corby Urgent Care Centre extends its hours

Nurse Jane Woolley and Dr Joymalya Banerjee

Nurse Jane Woolley and Dr Joymalya Banerjee

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The urgent care centre in Corby has won £500,000 funding to extend its winter opening hours and help ease pressure on Kettering General Hospital.

The centre in Cottingham Road will open from 8am until midnight until March 2014, instead of 8am to 8pm.

Staffed by two doctors, a senior nurse, two band 5 nurses, a health care assistant, two receptionists and security staff, it already deals with between 170 and 200 patients a day.

Since opening in October 2012, it has reduced the number of admissions at Kettering General Hospital’s A&E department by 17,000.

Centre director Linda Ward, who prepared the bid for the winter initiative funding with Dr Stuart Maitland-Knibb, its clinical lead, said: “The service is exactly the same as the one we now offer, with a pharmacy and X-ray facilities on site during these extended times.

“We have highly-trained clinical staff and we are able to see patients quickly. About 90 per cent of them are able to go home after treatment.

“We want to get the message across to people that it is not necessary to go to the A&E department with problems other than those which are life-threatening.”

The urgent care centre opens 365 days a year, operating a no-appointment system.

It has X-ray and ultrasound facilities, treatment areas and observation bays and can carry out urgent blood testing.

Anyone can use the centre which aims to assess 95 per cent of patients in less than 15 minutes of their arrival.

It deals with sprains, wounds, minor burns, fractures and urgent medical conditions such as breathing problems, bladder and other infections and abdominal pain.