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Use NHS Walk-in Centre at station to free up A&E this Xmas

Besi Besemar December 11, 2017

NHS bosses urge local people and visitors to use the Brighton Station Health Centre for treating minor illnesses and injuries this Christmas, helping free up emergency care services for those most in need.

Winter is expected to be extremely difficult for the NHS across the country, especially on A&E departments and GP surgeries as they cope with increasing numbers of people seeking treatment.

To help ease this pressure on local services, the NHS is urging people with minor infections and rashes, fractures and lacerations, stomach upsets, superficial cuts and bruises, minor burns and strains to visit Brighton Station Health Centre for treatment.

There is no need to be a registered patient or to make an appointment to use the walk-in centre and it offers quick treatment close to home from 8am-8pm in the city centre.

Dr David Supple, Brighton GP and Chair of NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Care Commissioning Group, said: “If you need urgent care that is not an emergency this Xmas, you can get treated quickly without an appointment at Brighton Station Health Centre. Research shows more than 20 extra people a week are already choosing to help ease pressure on NHS emergency services and GPs by using the service compared to last year.

“The NHS is doing everything it can to prepare for the extra winter pressures we expect to face, now we are calling the public to action through the HelpMyNHS campaign to ensure they access the right service for their needs at the right time.”

A website at highlights all the available alternatives to A&E visits or GP appointments, and has searchable listings on the most appropriate services available across Sussex to treat a range of illness and injuries.